The Decorah Fire Department's annual fund drive will include a "Color Fun Run."

What's a "Color Fun Run?" Mike Bockman, a firefighter with the Decorah Fire Department, explained, "The Bucket of Color Fun Run is an event for family and friends. You can walk, run or jog your way through a 5K route to get your exercise in while having fun." At each kilometer marking, volunteers will shower you with a multitude of powdered color."

The idea of the "Color Run" was one the fund-raising committee of the Fire Department came up with to promote the Department while enjoying the new Trout Run Trail. The committee was looking for different ways to engage the community in supporting the Fire Department.

"Our tradition is to have a dance in February," said Decorah Fire Department Chief Mike Ashbacher. "Our dances were our opportunity to say thank you to the community for their support and give them an opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves mid-winter."

Not to break tradition but to embrace the community project of the Trout Run Trail and community wellness the Decorah Fire Department will host the "Color Run" Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. starting at the Danan Lansing building on the Winneshiek County fairgrounds.

Pre-registered "Color Run" participants are guaranteed a T-Shirt and a bag of color. Bockman said, "The participants will run, jog or walk the route that is on the Trout Run Trail. Register with friends and family and create a team."

How to register

Registration forms are available at the Decorah Fire Department or the Decorah Parks and Recreation office at city hall. The form is also available online at the city of Decorah website click on either the Fire Department or Park and Recreation links to access the form online.

This year, the Fire Department is raising funds for the replacement and update of various rescue equipment. It includes equipment used in vehicle, rope and water rescue. The Department continues to train and review all the hazards that are in the community.

City code states, "A volunteer fire department is established to prevent and extinguish fires and to protect lives and property against fires, to promote fire prevention and fire safety and to answer all emergency calls for which there is no other established agency."

The Decorah Fire Department responded to 125 incidents last year of which only six were structure fires. The volunteers train nearly six hours every month on all aspects of responses, including fire response, rope rescue, water rescue and all types of vehicle rescues.

"We train very hard on fire and rescue situations so we are prepared for all types of emergencies," stated Department Training Officer Kurtis Johnson. "Our mission statement says it all -- The Decorah Fire Department is committed to providing rapid, high-quality emergency services through teamwork and leadership, utilizing highly trained volunteers dedicated to the well being of our community 24 hours a day."