Every summer, local fire districts are called on to help battle blazes that threaten to consume homes and property. In rural areas, those districts are largely made of volunteers who stand by their neighbors in a time of need. Fire District 4 is one of those districts.
On South Lake Street sharing a building with the post office lies the headquarters of Lincoln County Fire District No. 4. One of eight fire districts within the county, the district provides fire and emergency medical service response to its Reardan coverage area that includes Edwall and Waukon.
The district is mostly volunteer-based, with 39 volunteers and four paid staff, all of which are contracted.
The volunteer base includes paid staff that also volunteer outside their contracted hours and district commissioners Carol Paul, Casey Nonnemacher and John Bennett, according to district secretary Kathy Eastman.