|Wauneta firemen having busy year so far in 2012|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:10|
The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department members are (from back left) Bryan Einspahr, Jeff Maris, Dave Hamilton, Steve Noble, Donny Allen, Tyson Bardsley, Mike Gardner, Chuck Vette, Beau Yoder, (middle from left) Ryan Starnes, Matt Borchers, Bob Jones, Bill Bischoff, (front from left) Tanner Bardsley, Assistant Chief, Bob Goings, Chief and Shannon O’Neil, Training Officer. Not pictured: Dan Riegel, Jasen Littrel and Brian O’Neil.
By Sheri Hink
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department has been busy protecting the Wauneta area from fire danger since 1910 when the first Wauneta fire-fighting brigade was organized.
This year in particular has been a very busy year for the group. The drought has created intense fire hazards throughout the area.
“People need to continue to think about what they are doing, such as avoiding open burning. The fire threat is as bad now as it has ever been,” said Chief Bob Goings.
Since Jan. 1, 2012 the WVFD has battled 17 fires, gone out on four mutual aid assists to other fire districts, been on scene at three accidents and one recovery.
The group is made up of volunteers who are ready to drop everything and protect life and property of Wauneta-area residents on a moment’s notice.
The volunteers get their training in two ways. First, through the State Fire Marshall’s school in Grand Island and at the Mutual Aid fire school each September.
The depth of experience on the WVFD is astounding. The longest-standing member is Bob Jones, who has served on the WVFD for 44 years, since 1968. Newest to the team is Michael Gardner.
The 19 members of the WVFD include Bob Goings, Chief; Tanner Bardsley, Assistant Chief; Shannon O’Neil, Training Officer, Donny Allen, Immediate Past Chief; Tyson Bardsley; Bill Bischoff; Matt Borchers; Bryan Einspahr; Mike Gardner; Dave Hamilton; Bob Jones; Jasen Littrel; Jeff Maris; Steve Noble; Brian O’Neil; Dan Riegel; Ryan Starnes; Chuck Vette; and Beau Yoder.
Two honored at appreciation dinner
The Wauneta Rural Fire District held their annual appreciation dinner last Thursday, Aug. 23.
At the evening event Bryan Einspahr was honored for serving on the department for 10 years. Donny Allen was honored for serving on the department for 30 years and for serving as Chief for 20 years.
Annual Firemen’s Ball planned for October
The Firemen are busy planning for this year’s Halloween-themed Firemen’s Ball. Goings indicated the proceeds from this year’s Firemen’s Ball will go toward purchase of a new tanker for the rural fire district.
Donny Allen, left, received two plaques at the Wauneta Rural Fire District appreciation dinner last week, one for serving on the WVFD for 30 years and one for serving as chief for 20 years. Bryan Einspahr, right, received a plaque thanking him for his service on the department for the past 10 years.