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Gibraltar Fire Department Raising Money

• The Gibraltar Fire Department is raising money to update its equipment and comply with tightening codes.

In the short run, the department is hoping to raise $25,000 to purchase 18 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that comply with American Heart Association standards. AEDs are used in instances of sudden cardiac arrest.

In the long run, it’s hoping to raise $150,000 to purchase a second set of gear for every volunteer. (Gear isn’t as effective when it’s dirty, and it takes days to launder and air-dry. Currently, firefighters have to wear dirty gear covered in cancer-causing smoke particles.)

“That’s not something we can continue to put off – we need that now,” said Gibraltar Fire Chief Caleb Whitney.

Whitney said the department is seeking federal grants to help pay for the equipment, but it’s a competitive process and funding is shrinking.

Gibraltar is one of the six municipalities that may merge their fire stations to become part of the Northern Door Fire District. The district would hopefully relieve administrative burdens, help departments coordinate and maybe save money in the future.

“Regardless of whether the district lives or dies, there’s a certain level of equipment we have to maintain at each station,” Whitney said. “The [nonprofits] most of the departments have developed will for the most part continue, with the idea that each station has its own need and its own community support. Even as we move forward there still will be a need within the Gibraltar station and the Gibraltar area to finance this.”

There’s an open house at the Gibraltar Fire Station on Saturday, Oct. 26, where visitors can tour the fire station, look at trucks and other equipment, play games and see a live burn demonstration at 1 pm. The event is from 10 am to 2 pm.

• The Door County Economic Development Center and Door County Visitor Bureau are hosting a free Integrated Talent Management business education seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 9 to 10:30 am in the Sturgeon Bay City Hall Community Meeting Room.

Integrated talent management means finding the right people for a job and using their talents in the best way.

Blake Siewert, founder and president of an industrial-organizational psychology consulting firm, will be presenting tools to help business owners and managers work with integrated talent management. Email [email protected] to register for free.

• Public meetings to discuss the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) policy on the sale of public land will be held around the state on Monday, Oct. 28. The nearest meeting is in Green Bay at the DNR Service Center, 2984 Shawano Ave. from 6:30 to 8 pm.

2013 Wisconsin Act 20 directed the Natural Resources Board to make at least 10,000 acres of public land available for sale by June 2017. At the meeting, DNR staff will present their proposal for land sales, then the public will be allowed to ask questions and submit comments. The meeting will not cover specific land parcels. For more information, go to dnr.wi.gov and search “program guidance.”