‘Kind of a family event’

Volunteer firefighter Nathanael Wilkerson hands a plate over to a server at the last year's annual Ham Dinner. The event benefits Cannon Beach's Volunteer Firefighters.

The 72nd annual Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Conference Dining Room at 289 N Spruce Street. Tickets are $15 each.

Over the past 72 years, the Cannon Beach Volunteer Firefighters (CBVF) have evolved into a modern emergency organization, providing emergency medical and rescue services as well as fighting structural and wild land fire. The volunteers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of emergency services to residents and guests in the District. It is through the support of the community that the CBVF are able to purchase the equipment that allows them to continue to provide services.

This benefit dinner has allowed the men and women of this department to not only thank the community, but also fundraise the money required to continue to deliver outstanding services. Last year, thanks to donations and contributions, the Ham Dinner raised enough money to purchase new extrication tools and rope rescue equipment. This year, their goal is to purchase additional technical equipment required to create a functioning High Angle Rescue Team.

“This is a way for us to fund the purchasing of new equipment to keep up with today’s standards,” said Allison Johnson, Cannon Beach Rural Fire Department. “This year we are looking to purchase equipment to supplement our growing rope rescue team. This last year, many on the department attended a High Angle Rescue training and are now certified rope technicians.”

Join the CBVF for this annual event to support the volunteers that spend their time and energy to provide emergency services to the community. This tradition not only allows you to show support but is also a fantastic way to visit with friends and meet new neighbors. This will be the CBVF’s first year at the new dining hall at the Conference Center.

People can either come to the station to purchase tickets or purchase at the door on the day of the event. There will be to-go options for those who don’t wish to stay and eat.


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