Proceeds From Gerry Rodeo Benefit Local Fire Department
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GERRY, N.Y. —- The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rollover accident Thursday morning on Chautauqua Road off Route 60 in Gerry.
Though no one was seriously hurt, the department's new ambulance was on the scene.
The $110,000 vehicle was purchased earlier this year; thanks in part to the department's only major fundraiser of the year, the Gerry Rodeo.
"So we've got that we have that to pay off now, plus we have our fuel, gas, repairs, maintenance, building repairs, utilities, so the proceeds from the rodeo pay for all that," said Tom Atwell, 1st Assistant Chief.
Money also goes toward the purchase of new helmets, airpacks, and uniforms or turnout gear, which is required be replaced every ten years.
"It costs on average to outfit one firefighter in full turnout gear and a pack, it costs on average between seven and ten thousand dollars," said Henry Millard, EMS Squad Assistant Captain.
As the need for equipment continues to grow, the department is once again banking on the community's support again this year at the rodeo, hoping to lasso some big attendance numbers.
"This also helps keep our ambulance stocked, and keep it set up with the best equipment that we can and provide service to our community. We're all strictly volunteer, we do it because we want to and because we care," said Millard.
"We'd have a whole lot of unhappy town taxpayers, because unfortunately we'd have to go back to the town, or come up with another fundraiser to make more money or get more money," said Atwell.
Money, in order to be fully equipped to respond to accidents like the one Thursday morning.
"For a given year we could end up with between 350 to 400 calls a year... the ambulance responds, the engine responds, we treat the patient, and that's our main goal, help the community, and that's why we have the rodeo to hope the community will help us help them," said Atwell.
The rodeo runs through Saturday.