Votes needed to help department secure equipment, cash
By Ryan Gueningsman
MONTROSE, MN Montrose Fire Department (MFD) is seeking your vote to not only be named the “best of US,” but to receive a cash prize and equipment for the department.
Recently, Johnsonville asked people across the county to nominate local fire departments with firefighters who dedicate their time to their communities.Johnsonville has chosen 20 top fire departments, and Montrose Fire Department was selected as one of the top 20 in the nation.
Now, local residents are being asked to turn out the vote to help the department earn both equipment and cash.
There will be one grand prize winning department and nine runner up departments, according to Johnsonville.
The winning department will receive $10,000 in cash, plus a prize pack from International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) that includes an IFSTA Training Library and home smoke alarm equipment with alert devices for 100 homes in the community.
The runner-up departments will receive $1,000 to use towards their firehouse or their community. All 10 winners will receive training textbooks, apparel, hats, and Johnsonville products.
Montrose has 27 volunteer firefighters who protect the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Like most, the department responds to all fire calls and car accidents, but they are also first on scene to medical calls.
Promoting fire safety and community spirit are important to the whole department. Every year, the department participates in the local health fair, visits on National Night Out and Halloween, and does traffic control for the community parade.
While no department wants to be known as great in grain bins rescues, the MFD has experienced several of these incidents the past few years.
While many communities have stopped their remembrance of 9/11, not the Montrose Fire Department. Twelve-hundred miles away, regardless of sun, heat, wind, and rain or cold, members stand all day at the only stoplight in town to honor those that were lost.
Johnsonville’s annual contest received 256 nominations, with many firehouses nominated multiple times by members of their community.
“These volunteer firefighters go out of their way to help others, keep people safe and support their communities through special events and fundraisers,” said Ralph Stayer, owner of Johnsonville. “It is such an honor to recognize and reward the outstanding men and women at these firehouses for their brave and admirable service.”
Vote for Montrose
People can submit one vote per e-mail each day before June 20 by visiting www.johnsonville.com/bestofus.
Around June 24, Johnsonville will announce the top 10 Best of US winners, based on the public vote.
Johnsonville’s contests honor valued civic and public servants, with each contest honoring The Johnsonville Way or the American spirit in some way. Last year’s contest featured two categories and honored educators and community celebrations.