On Saturday, the Colusa Fire Department held their annual pancake breakfast. This 45 year old tradition was lost for a few years due to time constraints and scheduling conflicts with other events, but Fire personnel were determined to bring the beloved tradition back this year.
“We wanted to get more involved in the community,” said Captain Rick Wilmoth. “We have a lot of newer, young crew and we wanted to give people the opportunity to meet them outside of responding to a call.”
As chairman of the event, Shawn “McKay” Green said he runs things using the chain of command system the department follows when responding to a call.
“Instead of an emergency situation, it’s a pancake situation,” Green said.
Green said he volunteered to chair the event because he saw it as a good opportunity to get more involved in the department. He has been working with the department for about five months but became an official volunteer fire fighter just over a month ago.
Fire personnel estimate that about 200 people attended the breakfast.
“It has been steady all morning,” said Emmanuel Soto, volunteer fire fighter for the Department.
For the breakfast, the department collected 200 pounds of pancake batter, 175 pounds of sausage, six crates of orange juice, six crates of milk and eight jugs of coffee for the event.
Local businesses – including Sav Mor Foods and Colusa Dairy – offered discounted prices on food for the event. Jackpot Food Mart provide storage for the food prior to the breakfast.
During breakfast, raffle tickets could also be purchased. Prizes for the raffle were donated by local businesses and included a 148 piece tool kit from Colusa Co. Farm Supply, a cutlery gift basket from CNC Engineering, a gift basket from Colusa Made, a tune-up gift certificate from Superior Tire Service and a $75 massage gift certificate from Soothing Hands.
Wilmoth said all proceeds from the event will go right back into the community.
The department plans to use the donations given during the breakfast to raise awareness about the senior citizen smoke detective program they run, as well as fund scholarships for Colusa High School students that want to become First Responders, sponsor little leaguers, and purchase any gear that the volunteer fire fighters may need.
“This is a very important tradition to carry on,” said Wilmoth. “We are planning to bring it back two times a year like we use to have it. The next one should be around September.”
The fire fighters that have attended previous breakfasts said this one was very similar to the previous ones.
“Its good to have it back,” said Engineer Davis Avera. “We’ve tried to say as true to the tradition as possible.”
One tradition that the older staff insisted on continuing was the station’s “secret pancake batter recipe.”
“We add some soda water and vanilla to the batter,” Avera said. “It makes the pancakes fluff up real nice.”