Hook and ladder crews to roll through county
Local firefighters to join other agencies in relay for Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
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By Dave Williams  May 23, 2014 12:00 am

Get ready for an invasion of hook and ladder crews next week.

The Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety and the Rancho Adobe Fire District will rev up and roll through Sonoma County with other North Bay fire departments, members of emergency response agencies and the California Highway Patrol on Thursday, May 29, for the 17th annual North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF).

This annual fundraising parade of antique and modern emergency vehicles will kick off at Healdsburg Fire Department (601 Healdsburg Ave.), and make its way through the North Bay starting in Sonoma County and ending in Marin County. The relay concludes in a grand finale at Southern Marin Fire Station 1 located in Sausalito (333 Johnson St.).

“We are thrilled to have the support of the North Bay fire departments and California Highway Patrol for the 17th Annual North Bay Firefighter Burn Relay,” said Jennifer Radics, Executive Director for Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. “Last year this relay raised more than $43,000, which helped us serve 600 burn survivors and provide prevention education to more than 30,000 students throughout the state of California.”

Other participating fire departments include Healdsburg Fire Department, Windsor Fire Department, Central Fire, Rincon Valley Fire Department, Santa Rosa Fire Department, Sebastopol Fire Department, Gold Ridge Fire Department, Petaluma Fire Department, Novato Fire Department, Marinwood Fire Department, San Rafael Fire Department, Ross Valley Fire Department, Kentfield Fire Department, Larkspur Fire Department, Corte Madera Fire Department, Tiburon Fire Department, Mill Valley Fire Department, Marin County Fire Department and Marin City Fire Department. 

Along the relay route, with the assistance of the CHP, firefighters will collect donations raised by numerous fire and public safety agencies through annual community events, such as golf tournaments, pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners, and formally present the funds to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Funds raised support the mission of AARBF and will provide services to burn survivors and support burn prevention education programs in the community.

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of burn survivors and promoting burn prevention education in the community.  For more information, contact Radics at (818) 848-0223 or via email jradics@aarbf.org.

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