Garland Fire readies for Salmon Fry

Garland Fire Chief Rob Johnson stand next to his wife Liz. The two are busy trying to pull of the fire departments Salmon Fry Saturday.

The Garland Fire Department is gearing up for the 42nd annual World Famous Salmon Fry to be held on Saturday, June 1 at the Armory Gymnasium, 72 North Main, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

Garland Fire Chief Rob Johnson shows off the 1927 Ford fire truck that is part of the fleet of more modern fire fighting equipment.

It’s a popular event; we usually have about 3,000 people here for the dinner,” Fire Chief Rob Johnson said. “Some eat here and some do take-out.”

The $18 per plate dinner includes a large piece of salmon, salad, roll, baked potato and punch.

Kent’s Market supplies the Alaskan Salmon, which is cooked over an open flame on five custom-built grills. They can cook a lot of fish at once.

The money raised will go to buying needed equipment,” Johnson said. “We’ve been able to buy extraction equipment, a fire truck, hoses, wildland equipment, anything we can’t afford on a normal budget.”

He said there are 22 members of the Garland Volunteer Fire Department, but there is room for 30 firefighters. The department has a restored 1927 Ford Fire truck as part of its fleet, which includes two fire engines, a non-transport ambulance, two county brush trucks and a utility vehicle.

A banner hangs over the Garland Fire Station advertising Saturday’s Salmon Fry.

Final preparation for the dinner begins early in the week. By the midweek, they are setting up tables and chairs, they cut up the salmon another night, and have one night to bake the potatoes. Sunday afternoon is used to clean it all up.

The Women’s Auxiliary also does a raffle as part of the fundraising activity. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from one of Garland’s firemen.

There is room for those wishing to take their time, and enjoy a good sit down salmon dinner. They want to invite everyone to come join them for this great dinner, and help out the fire department at the same time.

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