Woodburn Fire Department plans fundraiser

WOODBURN, Ky. – Fighting fires is a costly service.

Recently, the Woodburn Fire Department purchased a new fire engine. After fitting it with equipment, it cost nearly half a million dollars.

“To do this to the scale that we do costs quite a bit of money, we will have 500 plus runs this year. That’s a lot of time and a lot of money,” Woodburn Chief Bob Skipper said.

Departments are scored on their success, response times and equipment and are given a class score on their fire suppression capabilities.

The lower the class number- the better, and nearby residents can save money on their homeowner’s insurance.

Another challenge is the time the unpaid job takes from the volunteers themselves.

“It’s more than just getting into a big truck and going to a fire, you’re helping people while you’re doing it and I think that’s the most important thing,” firefighter Aaron Bilbrey said.

While many Woodburn residents pay an optional $50 per year fire dues which goes to keep the station in operation, an annual Ice Cream Supper has been raising money for the department since 1962 as well.

Woodburn Fire Chief is inviting the community out for food, fun, live music and more. There will be plenty of games, including a cake walk! The raffle grand prize is Sig Sauer Model P365 9mm pistol.

The money raised from the fundraiser will go toward the fire department to keep their gear, equipment, and trucks in operation and up to par.

Chief Skipper also says the department is in need of more firefighters to volunteer.

If interested, you can contact the station at (270)529-2301.

Annual Ice Cream Supper

Saturday, August 10, 6 pm

Woodburn Ball Park