Park Rapids firefighters wash almost 100 cars

The department's July 2 fundraiser brought in a variety of wash-and-rinse challenges.

Park Rapids firefighters pre-wash, scrub and, in a third station not pictured, rinse vehicles for a freewill donation July 2, 2022 at the Park Rapids Fire Department.
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The Park Rapids Fire Department turned into a car wash on Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to noon, fire personnel washed 95 vehicles. According to firefighter Crystal Krautkremer, that number included a convertible with the top down, a fire truck, an ice castle, a request for windshield only, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office vehicles and various local businesses that came to support the fire department.

“We’ve got beautiful weather today,” Assistant Fire Chief Bob Meier said partway through the event. “We started doing this a couple years ago when COVID hit and we couldn’t really do our other fundraisers, so we just started doing this as a supplement for some of the things we couldn’t do, and it was so successful, we just continued to do it.

“We’re always trying to raise money to buy air packs or equipment, or whatever we need at the time.”

The Park Rapids Fire Department airs its apparatus during the car wash fundraiser on July 2, 2022.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise


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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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