DIXON – In an effort to be more involved in the community, firefighters at the Dixon Rural Fire Department have formed an association.
The Dixon Rural Firefighters Association has 27 members representing full-time and paid-on-call members of the department, said Dustin Dahlstrom, a firefighter-paramedic and president of the association.
“The mission statement that we came up with is to ‘promote pride and ownership through training, community and history,’” he said.
The association’s first event will be a car wash at the fire department, 1020 Palmyra St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6. The association will accept donations.
Future association fundraisers could include a pancake breakfast, a fishing tournament or a 5K run, Dahlstrom said, adding that nothing at this point has been finalized.
Dahlstrom said he hopes the association will be involved in parades and bring more children to the fire house for tours. The firefighters want to get out and be more involved in the community.
On Wednesday, fire trucks from the Dixon rural and city fire departments will be at all Dixon schools, with the exception of Dixon High School, with signs reminding motorists to drive slowly and be aware that school is back in session.
Call Dixon Rural Fire Department, 815-284-6897, for more information about the association.