They don’t bill you for getting your cat out of a tree, they don’t send you an invoice after they save your house from burning down and, this year, the volunteers of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue won’t even charge you admission for their annual ham dinner.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Firefighters’ Ham Dinner will serve up a free feast to all comers this Sunday, Feb. 19, from 11 am to 6:30 pm at Taft High School in Lincoln City.
As well as a free ham dinner, guests will have the chance to become better acquainted with their volunteer fire and rescue personnel. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
This year, the volunteers selected a succulent, honey-cured ham from Kenny’s IGA, a delicious brown gravy sauce and coleslaw. For dessert, Mo’s Restaurant is donating its famous marionberry cobbler, making this truly a community effort.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue volunteers will welcome hungry friends and families with an exhibit, bigger displays, their newest engines and trucks, and information about earthquakes, tsunamis, fire prevention and life safety. Local CERT members and other emergency preparedness organizations will also be on hand.
Ever since the first ham dinner in 1957, proceeds from the feast, along with other donations, have helped the department buy a number of items it could not otherwise afford, including thermal-imaging cameras, heart monitors, “Jaws of Life” equipment and a stair chair to help move patients. Purchases of water rescue gear included $3,500 for a rapid-deployment, inflatable rescue craft.
Taft High School is located at 3780 SE Spy Glass Ridge Drive, Lincoln City.