Business Raises Money to Make Brooklyn Park Firefighters More Mobile
Brooklyn Park boasts 47 miles of trails, winding their way through 1,665 acres of parks. If a local business is successful, people who get injured on those trails will get help a lot faster.
The Brooklyn Park Fire Department wants to buy two Segway scooters specially designed for use by first responders. But, at more than $3,000 each, they're not cheap. And the department doesn't want to spend taxpayer money on them.
That's where Mad Jacks Sports Cafe comes in.
"Over the past six years, Mad Jacks Sports Cafe has had the privilege of watching the positive efforts and effects the Brooklyn Park Fire Department has had on our community," said Mad Jacks spokesperson Sara Marcotte.
To give back, Mad Jacks is planning a car wash, with all money raised going to help the department buy the Segways.
But how would Segway scooters help firefighters? KSTP.COM asked Fire Chief Ken Prillaman.
Prillaman said the Segways would help move firefighters through events like Tater Days and National Night Out, where a traditional fire department vehicle may have trouble navigating.
And then there all those acres of parks and miles of trails. The Segways the department wants to buy are set up to go off-road, and to carry more than just a person.
"It allows us to move medical personnel, along with their equipment, right to the patient," said Prillaman.
If you'd like to help, or if your vehicle just needs a wash, here are the details:
- 2nd Annual Car Wash for a Cause
- Saturday, August 11th
- 1-4 p.m.
- Mad Jacks Sports Cafe
- 8078 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park
"The 2nd Annual Car Wash for a Cause will include a car wash, fire truck, firefighters, hot dogs on the grill, dunk tank, bean bag toss, bounce house, and discounts on Mad Jacks Sports Cafe's patio for individuals that donate," said Marcotte.