This is a shout out to all young adults in the community to get involved if you are not and especially consider volunteering as a fireman.
I found out that Marc Arp & Robert "Bruno" Ehlers are the "senior" members of the department now - graduates of MHS 1977/1978 respectively.
The Manning Fire Department organized in 1883 and since then, hundreds of men and I believe just one woman have volunteered.
Having lived in the Manning area my whole life I have seen a constant environment of unparalleled volunteerism and community involvement that is in the DNA of the community
that goes back to way before the 1881 founding of Manning to those Pioneers who forged into the unknown Prairie to help build this amazing nation we live in today.
Not everyone in Manning does volunteer but MOST do volunteer in some capacity in this community.
I also see every day on the news about people protesting nearly everything under the sun.
Far be it from me to criticize them but as I reflect over the years living here in Manning and seeing how much time, work, money, effort, and faith it takes to keep this community going - I wonder if any of these protestors ever volunteer for their fire department, church, community organizations, school, military organization - anything?
Even though some use whistles during their protest, I'll bet none of them have ever volunteered as a referee at a community sporting event...they would turn tail and run if they ever got booed.
If someone sees a problem or need that requires attention in Manning then they form a group to see if something can be accomplished - BUT they don't form their group
to protest something or complain about something...
Of course it is much harder and less "cool" to actually have to work, spend time and even your own money to accomplish something constructive.
So much for my rambling - but I hope the next time you see a Fireman or any volunteer - that you thank them for what they do for our community.
Now look at the first 3 pictures and then contrast them to the following drill photos by some of our amazing Manning volunteers!
August 11, 2018, Manning Fire & Rescue volunteers training "on belay" in a high elevation rescue drill.
Ryan Renze on the right getting ready to be a "victim."
The red rope is the main line and the blue rope is the backup safety line.
Now the "rescuer" on the left is "on belay."
Now the rescuer has to connect his harness to the rescuee with safety ropes and harness.
The other part of the team working the ropes.
As I was thinking back, I remembered I captured the High Angle Rescue drill by the fire department at AGP.
It was in 2007 and I'm so glad I have the digital database to go back to and grab a few scenes from the past to show everyone again.
This was definitely a more realistic drill than the one held recently. I'm not sure of the exact height but I'm fairly sure the silo is around 100 feet high.
Here are a few scenes I showed on my web page back in 2007.
Robert Barsby, Jr - "look mom, no hands!"
View from the ground
I think this is Travis Sybesma
A different perspective of how high we are in these pictures.
Drill on the south side of the silo
Looking due west in this view