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Snowmobilers give back to Pittsburg Fire Department
Snowmobilers enter the warming-hut parking lot at Deer Mountain Campground on Saturday where the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club was holding a fundraiser for the Pittsburg Fire Department. (JOHN KOZIOL PHOTO)
Apart from the locals, Pittsburg attracts riders from throughout New England, as well as Canada, which is just up a short distance from the Deer Mountain Campground on New Hampshire Route 3 where Saturdays during the season, the Ridge Runners run the food concession at the warming hut.
Gaudette said local businesses donated the food that the volunteers served and/or cooked up on Saturday and which he hoped would generate sales of upwards of $1,000.
Toward that goal, he said a new wilderness-rescue trailer is being built at the fire station. The current trailer is past its prime and too-small to accommodate ice-rescue gear. The new trailer will have ample room for all the equipment and it will be heated, too.
This winter, the trailer has seen an "average" amount of usage, said Fire Capt. Anthony Galipeau, with Capt. Steve Kiley adding that the majority of incidents involved "riding too fast than conditions or ability allow."
When a patient is being taken out on the rescue sled, which Lassonde likes to characterize as a "life saver" although he conceded some snowmobilers refer to it as "the hearse," he or she is secured to a backboard that is overseen by two firefighters.
"We need have to give a nickname one day" for the rescue sled, Kiley conceded, if only because "everybody calls it something different."
"The fire department has always been grateful for the donations from the Ridge Runners," said Lassonde, and especially riders, without whom there'd be no club or trails.
"We've met people from every state and many countries," Sue Gaudette said, and while they're far flung, "they always seem to find their way here."
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