Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department will be serving the community in a different way.
The fire department will be celebrating their 100th annual Firemen’s Ball at the Elks Lodge, Oct. 12.
According to Chris Dschaak, secretary and treasurer for the WPVFD, the department wanted to do something different for this year’s ball. The firemen will be putting on a dinner for the community.
Tickets to the dinner will cost $25 and only 400 tickets are available. For those who want to only attend the dance, tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased from local firemen.
The money raised by the ball will go toward offsetting costs for applying for grants that help the department purchase and maintain equipment.
In addition to the dinner and taking donations, the department is also raising funds by having a drawing. The grand prize will be a trip for four to Las Vegas, Nev., with $500 spending money. Second-place prize will be $500 and third-place will be $100. At the ball, there will also be both live and silent auctions.
The first firemen’s ball took place in 1913, the same year a group of volunteers came together to organize the fire department. All firefighters who have served in the department, both past and present, have been volunteers.
The dinner will be prepared by chef Dustin Hunsaker of the Elks. Guests will have a choice of herb-roasted pork, jerk chicken or short ribs. There will also be choices of sides and desserts.
Besides serving the community, the ball is also a time for the 18 members of fire department to celebrate and honor firefighters and their families with an evening of dining and dancing the night away.
“Everyone is proud and their families are proud,” Dschaak said. “This is a night for everyone to let their hair down.”
Retiring firefighters are presented with a shadow box that contains items such as their badge, their name and a memento from their family. Although the volunteers are not paid, the city and the county set up a retirement plan for those who have been with the WPVFD for 20 years.
Guests may recognize Life After Work, a country band from Glendive, who will be playing for dancing pleasure after the dinner. The band played at the Wild Horse Stampede in 2012.
Rich Chaska, dummer for Life After Work, said the band is looking forward to returning to Wolf Point to help celebrate the Firemen’s Ball.
Dschaak said the department is thankful for the city’s and county’s support.
“It’s always been great,” Dschaak said. “It’s never hard to put on because of the county and the city. We appreciate Wolf Point.”
Another way the fire department is serving the community is by holding an open house for students during Fire Prevention week, Oct. 6-12.