Rod and Beth Halvorsen, 25 year residents of the UpRiver Community, have initiated a matching challenge that will help purchase equipment for the Fernwood Fire Department.

“We want to help the Fernwood Fire Department purchase lighting equipment and help light up the night at emergency scenes,” Beth Halvorsen said. “As fall and winter approach we are all reminded of how early it gets dark for a large part of our year.”

According to Fernwood Fire Department Chief Mark McQueen, the area floodlights are portable, telescopic and rechargeable. Currently, the department is reliant on flashlights for night and low-light operations.

“They will help with car wrecks and anything at night time. It is like working in the day time. As it is, it is kind of dangerous for the fire fighters and the victims themselves,” Chief McQueen said.

The lights are cost prohibitive for the department to purchase.

“I’d like to get two of them, but they are at least $700 apiece. So, if we can get even one of them that would be awesome,” Chief McQueen said.

The Halverson’s have agreed to match every dollar donated Oct. 14 – Oct. 31, 2020, up to $1,000.

Donations can be made to the Fernwood Fire Department at the Fernwood Post Office, PO Box 39, and at Mark McQueen’s PO Box 321.

Chief McQueen expressed his gratitude to the Halverson family.

“I’d like to thank the Halvorsen’s for doing this,” Chief McQueen said. “It will be a heck of a lot better than working with a little flashlight.”

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