Good day for SELCAS
Residents of Fairbury and the surrounding area helped local emergency services Saturday morning at the annual Southeastern Livingston County Ambulance Service (SELCAS) pancake and sausage breakfast.
The annual fundraising event at the Indian Creek Country Club was the most successful yet, thanks to the community’s generosity. They served around 850 people.
“We always do it on the Saturday before Easter,” explained Jim Hargitt of SELCAS. “It is a good time regardless of the weather.”
Saturday morning had cool temperatures but the sun was shining which helped bring out a good crowd as parking was hard to come by in the parking lot. In fact, many vehicles were parked along nearby Seventh Street during the peak hours of breakfast.
Last year’s event was drive-through only so both organizers and community members were glad to see the in-person format return. It is a complete team effort to coordinate the breakfast with one team cooking the sausage and another working on pancakes. Other responsibilities include helping with tables and pouring drinks.
“People get in a rhythm of what they want to do and do the same thing every year,” said Hargitt.
Several area business owners who wanted an ambulance service founded SELCAS in 1972. Today, the organization has evolved to have an over million-dollar budget covering several area towns such as Cropsey, Chenoa, Fairbury, Forrest, Strawn, Wing and now Saunemin. SECLAS serves over 400 square miles.
Fairbury has the largest number of transports since the town is the biggest and Chenoa is the second largest one.
“We do a few transfers but not too many of them,” added Hargitt.
While some days see very few calls for SELCAS personnel, other days have more which makes each day different, according to Hargitt.
A couple of the SELCAS EMT’s just started a paramedic class and will do over a thousand hours of training, clinicals ad ride time.