Grant County Fire District No. 5 successfully launched its first annual spaghetti feed fundraiser dinner Saturday, drawing in dozens of attendees in support of the volunteer firefighter association.
The fire district is one of the state’s largest, servicing fire and rescue missions for around 560 square miles of territory ranging from medical emergencies in urban outskirts of Moses Lake, rescuing a stranded boat from the surface of the reservoir and firefighting in the middle of the Grant County desert. Though Moses Lake has its own municipal fire department, the fire district surrounds the city and regularly provides support to it or other nearby fire districts.
To respond to an average of 1200 calls a year across their service area, the district maintains 12 fire stations, which are crewed by anywhere from 90 to 110 crew members, the vast majority of which are volunteers.