For the past 42 years, Melba firefighters have flipped pancakes, turned meat and cooked eggs and hash browns for hundreds of people in an effort to raise money for trainings, apparel, smoke detectors for residents and the community’s burnout fund for people who would financially struggle to replace all they lost in a fire.

In recent history, the firefighters and EMTs have raised between $9,000 to $13,000 for the all-volunteer department.

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And yes, emergency calls have come in while breakfast is being served, but there is a contingency plan of who goes out on the call.

“It’s fun. People travel in and see family, and some come every year,” said John Engle, one of the volunteer firefighters. “The community really supports this really well.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or

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