(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual pancake breakfast this morning and used the opportunity to formally retire its more than 30-year-old ladder truck and put its new apparatus into service.
The Fire Hall was packed all morning with diners, each paying for their meal and thereby supporting the local fire department. Earlier in the morning, local celebrities like Sheriff Skip Hornecker, Lander Police Chief Jim Carey and Sen. Cale Case let themselves be dunked in a dunk tank in order to raise money for the Ladies Auxilliary Fund.
Toward the end of the morning, Lander Fire Administrator Nick Hudson led the retirement ceremony. He talked briefly of the lengthy six-year process the department and the city went through to get the new ladder truck here.
Mayor Mick Wolfe thanked everyone who aided in the process and who helped find the funding. “If it lasts as long as the old one did, some of us won’t be around to buy a new one,” he said.
Dick Hudson, a current city councilman, was the Fire Chief when the out-going ladder truck was built. He shared stories of getting it to Lander from Florida, and praised the new ladder’s stability over the old one.
Current LVFD Chief Eric Siwik then formally took Ladder 1 out of service through communication with Fremont County Dispatch and put Truck 1 into service. Dispatch welcomed the new truck to the community.