TIFFIN– The day started at 0300; 3 a.m. to civilians. There were trucks to move, tables to set up and chairs to place. The grills needed to be fired up, and pancake batter still to be mixed.
At 6 a.m., the doors opened and the crowd formed a steady line into the station that would last until noon. By 10 a.m., almost 700 people had passed through the door, well on track for the typical annual tally of approximately 1,000 people stuffed with cakes.
The Tiffin Fire and First Responders Association hosted their annual pancake breakfast on April 10. Each year, the event generates funds above and beyond what the budget provides for equipment and training opportunities. Last year, money went to equipping a new brush truck, which is a light truck modified for combating grass, brush and field fires.
Fire Chief Brian Detert said this year, some of the funds would go toward the brush truck, with the rest going to a savings fund to eventually construct a new training facility for the department. The goal is to combine former shipping containers into a multi-story structure in which the 26 volunteer firefighters can practice fire attack, forcible entry, ventilation and search and rescue skills.