"We try to take time out each year to show our appreciation for the firemen and their families," said Fire Chief Bob Blankenship. "We started off last year with the big ice storm and continued to stay busy the rest of the year. Our firemen were on the job immediately when a crisis situation arose. They checked on the elderly in our community and met needs in all types of emergency situations.
"We are most fortunate to have city mayors and councils to work with us, in meeting the needs of our residents. We make a good team."
The fire department has made improvements and purchases this past year to upgrade equipment and supplies. A new cascade unit was purchased for the Monette station at a cost of $15,000. The used cascade unit will be used at the Black Oak station to meet the needs there.
Chief Blankenship presented Monette Mayor Chub Qualls with a copy of "The History of the Monette Fire Department" for placement in the Buffalo Island Museum. Both Mayor Qualls and Black Oak Mayor Norman Williams expressed their appreciation for the service received from the fire departments.