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Sterling VFD Putting on Fireworks Festival Fundraiser

STERLING Okla_ While the 4th of July is typically one of their busiest days for putting out fires, this year, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department will be the ones setting the fireworks off in their First Annual Fireworks Festival.

The fundraiser will provide a festive 4th of July celebration for the town, and it will put money back into the department's bank account to purchase much needed firefighting equipment.

Not only are their trucks and equipment outdated, but the Sterling VFD has outgrown its facilities. The firefighters volunteer their time to keep the community safe. Thursday's festival is all about raising money to keep the volunteer fire department operating.

"New equipment just goes a long way, especially on these fires out here," Sterling Volunteer Firefighter Thomas Morse said.

He said updated equipment is essential.

"It's hard to operate without it," Morse said. "Like any other organization, more funds mean better equipment, better response. As far as the training with the kids, every kid needs to know not to play with fire."

More money means newer and safer equipment and confidence that all the equipment will work when they arrive at the scene of a fire.

"Well, without the update of the equipment, it can get pretty bad if you roll on a fire and your pump doesn't start," Morse said.

That is especially important as more and more fires happen during the hot summer months.

"We actually had one this morning and one last night," Morse said. "I have a funny feeling it is going to be a lot busier come tonight and tomorrow."

That is why the volunteer fire department started the firework festival as safe local firework show. All the money raised during Thursday's event goes directly back into the department. 

"We are going to try to get our own individual mask for SPCA, new equipment on the trucks, maintain the trucks, wear and tear on the tires," Morse said.

On top of all of the new equipment, the Sterling VFD hopes to secure a grant for a larger facility. Its current building no longer allows it to effectively operate. The department's goal is to raise about $5,000 at Thursday's event. They hope the firework festival will become a staple each summer in the Sterling community.

The festival will begin Thursday afternoon at 4PM at Ike Williams Park in Sterling. The band will take the stage at 6PM. The fireworks show will begin around 9PM. Throughout the event, there will be food, games, and fun for the whole family. 

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