Bushnell Fire Dept. celebrates 100 years


August 26, 2021

Karen Lipska/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: back row - Kenny Whitney, Keith Wasielewski, Todd Parsons Kevin Shoemaker, Kip Shoemaker, Doug Lukaseen, Dawna Purdum, Julie McGinnis, Ricky Dickensen, Michelle Modlin, Randy Modlin, Dave Miller. Front row: Ed Land, Sharon Land, Brandie Wasielewski, Wendy Purdy, Klent Schnell, Mark Ohlsson, Robert Early, Travis Purdum, Alex Wilson, Jeff Nelson.

In 1921 the very first meeting of the Bushnell volunteer fire department was held. They had twenty-seven members at that time. The fires were put out using burlap sacks and buckets of water. The next year the fire department purchased their first pieces of equipment which were one hook and ladder, one two-piece extension ladder, and one two and half gallon chemical extinguisher from the Bushnell Lumber Store.

Through the years the equipment has changed to gasoline engines and several trucks. Members have come and gone but they are still family. Communication started out by word of mouth...

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