By Carmen Maroney, Community Resource Manager
Valley State Prison
Valley State Prison (VSP) and Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) employees put their backs into the all-volunteer effort to raise money for Special Olympics of Northern California (SONC).
This year’s Madera County fifth annual Fire Truck Pull was on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Madera Fairgrounds during the National Night Out Connect. The event had nine teams and was well attended by hundreds from the community. This year’s teams were CCWF Team 1 and Team 2; Madera County Sherriff’s Department, VSP, California Highway Patrol Madera Division, Chowchilla Volunteer Fire Department, CAL Fire Madera, Madera Police Department and Madera County Probation Department. It was the most teams to join the effort so far. The event raised more than $3,500 for SONC.
Each eight-person fire truck pull team grabbed a rope with a fully equipped fire truck on the other end as the official time keeper signaled the start of each pull. After each team pulled the fire truck 40 feet, the time stopped and the team’s elapsed time score was recorded. The two teams with the fastest pulls held a pull-off resulting in CCWF Team 1 winning the coveted Madera County Annual Fire Truck Pull perpetual plaque to hold until next year’s fire truck pull.
A history of helping
The Madera County Fire Truck Pull Event began in the Spring of 2014 by local public agencies, safety and emergency response teams as a means to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. The pull involved local law enforcement in a positive way with their communities through a competitive, family fun event. Historically CDCR has been the largest sponsor donating nearly a $100,000 to the Northern Area Special Olympics (SONC) already in 2018. Valley State Prison (VSP) has proudly donated over $7,000.00 thus far this year.
The first Fire Truck Pull in 2014 included teams from VSP, Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), and Madera County Corrections, Probation and Youth Camp who competed for the Fire Truck Pull Trophy…when the dust settled, VSP stood as the victors. In 2018, VSP helped raise additional funds to benefit Special Olympics by partnering with various local agencies to coordinate the 5th Annual Madera County Fire Truck Pull.