Shiocton Fire Department gets new truckwith new Jaws of Life

Shiocton Fire Chief Butch
Bunnell with the new fire truck.

The new fire truck . Photos by Linda Titel
It is a tradition for Shiocton to have the firefighters push the new fire truck into the garage.
James Colwitz, age 4, son of firefighter Chad Colwitz sits in the new fire truck’s driver seat. “James can’t wait to be a firefighter when he grows up,” said his mom, Laura.

By Linda Titel
Assistant Editor

Shiocton Fire Department received a new fire truck with the new Jaws of Life.
Fire Chief Butch Bunnell said, “This truck will be used mainly for vehicle accidents since it carries the new Jaws of Life.
The fire department, local businesses and the community all participated in raising funds for the new Jaws of Life.
In 2018, the fire department held a craft fair at the Shiocton school in May, a brat fry early summer, and a meat raffle/cornhole tournament with a raffle in December.
Funds raised at the craft fair included a basket raffle, bake sale (done by spouses of the firefighters) and fees charged for booths. The total raised at the event was $9,705.
The fire fighters volunteered to help with a brat fry in early summer where the proceeds wee donated back to the jaws fund and $2,330 was raised.
The firefighters also had a meat raffle and cornhole tournament in December and raised $4,646. The remainder of the funds were monetary donations by local businesses, the community and residents.
The members tried out several different Jaws of Life units and chose the one best fit for their department needs. The total cost of the unit was just over $26,000. No tax dollars were used to purchased the unit.
The firefighters are now raising funds for a new AED (automated external defibrillator) heart monitor for the ambulance. The fire department will hold the same three events this year as last year and the Annual Carsen Rettler Memorial Golf Outing proceeds will be donated to the department. They have also applied for a grant to help with some of the cost.