Firefighters camp out for ALS

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November 25, 2014 9:16 AM

Starting Nov. 28, members of the Lloydminster Fire Department will be camping out on top of Fire Station No. 1 to raise money for ALS. The fundraiser takes place all weekend. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

For three nights this week, the Lloydminster Fire Department will be, one by one, taking turns camping out on the roof top of Fire Station No. 1 on 49 Avenue.

The fundraiser takes place from Nov. 28-30.

“This will be the second year that we have this type of fundraiser, last year we did one as well,” said Jordan Newton, deputy fire chief in Lloydminster. “We got a good response last year and the members really thought they made a difference.”

What the rooftop fundraiser entails is a tent on top of the roof of the fire hall. Firefighters will take turns staying on the roof.

Getting ready for the rooftop camp out isn’t difficult, according to Newton.

“The Lloydminster Scouts have donated a tent to the fire department that they use. Along with the tent, there will a propane heater that will be used during the camp out.”

While firefighters are on the rooftop of station No. 1, other members will be out at the major grocery stores in town trying to raise money.

“We will be at all major grocery stores around Lloydminster for those three days as well. We ask the general public to feel free to stop by and say hello to the men and women of the Lloydminster Fire Department,” said Newton.

This year, the money raised will be going towards ALS. Newton said that this disease has hit the local fire department close to themselves.

“One of our own men was diagnosed with ALS, and ultimately passed away from the disease,” the deputy chief explained.

Asked if there was a goal that the Lloydminster Fire Department has set for the three day campout, Newton played coy and said that last year’s numbers were spectacular, so if they get close to that, it would be perfect.

“We haven’t really gotten to the point of deciding what amount we should raise, but last year we raised close to $18,000, so that set the bar really high.”

On Friday night, they are doing a steak fundraiser at the Canadian Brewhouse as well.

Newton said that people interested in getting tickets for the steak night can either come on down, or phone either one of the two fire halls in Lloydminster.

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