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Conger fire department to host fundraiser

CONGER — The Conger Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Conger Community Center.

According to the new fire chief, Dave Steele, the event is a long-standing tradition and one of two fundraisers the crew does each year.

“It helps support the organization and helps us to try to keep our equipment current and up-to-date,” Steele said. “A lot of fire fighting equipment has a lifespan that it’s required to be replaced in.”

Funds from the pancake supper will help replace items like the self-contained breathing apparatuses the firefighters use.

The fire department crew, along with its first responders, also host a pork chop supper in the summer.

“It helps us out quite a bit throughout the year,” Steele said of the proceeds of the events.

In addition to the city of Conger, the fire department covers 48 sections of Alden, Nunda, Pickerel Lake and Mansfield Townships and broadens its reach when services are used for mutual aid. During mutual aid calls the department is dispatched to help aid other departments within the county as well as the communities of Walters and Kiester.

According to Steele, about one of every two of the department’s fire calls are for mutual aid.

Steele said the pancake breakfast brings in about 500 guests every year who dine on an all-you-can-eat breakfast of eggs, pancakes, French toast, breakfast sausage, milk and orange juice. The meal is prepared and served by the department’s 25 crew members, including its first responders and their family members.

The cost of a breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free.