Published February 17, 2011, 07:22 AM

Fishing derby to raise funds for fire truck

Ice fishers might catch more than a whopper this weekend, they may contribute to a good cause too.

By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun

Ice fishers might catch more than a whopper this weekend, they may contribute to a good cause too.

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department’s annual fishing derby is set for Saturday. Proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of a grass truck, used for fighting grass fires, said Capt. Brian Paulson.

Jamestown Rural Fire Department responds to 60 to 75 calls per year, Paulson said, and 90 percent of them are grass fires. The lifespan of a grass truck isn’t very long, he said, given the distance the department has to travel as well as other factors.

“The get beat up pretty good,” Paulson said.

The grass truck the department looks to purchase costs about $45,000.

Last year, the 1,100 fishing derby participants raised about $15,000.

After the first fishing derby in 2009, Jamestown Rural Fire Department used the money to help purchase a $140,000 water truck, Paulson said. Jamestown Rural Fire Department consists of 25 volunteer firefighters.

“Every little bit of support we get from the community, it helps. It goes a long way,” he said.

To enter the fishing derby, purchase a $20 raffle ticket and set up a site at Pelican Point. Because of snow conditions, this year’s tournament is walk-on only. Participants may use recreational vehicles like fou-wheelers and snowmobiles. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Those who purchase a ticket need not be present to win, Paulson said. Tickets are available at Knights of Columbus, Pioneer Bait Shop, Dan’s Sooper Stop, Cork & Barrel, Gun & Reel C&J Oil/Drybock, Carrington.

For more information, visit Jamestown Rural Fire Department’s website: www.jrfd.org.

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