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Hiawatha Fire Dept. Named Top 10 In U.S.

HIAWATHA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The Hiawatha Fire Department is one of 10 winners in Johnsonville Sausages second annual Best of US contest for volunteer firehouses. The 10 winning firehouses were determined by public votes. Their entries can be viewed at 

Hiawatha will receive a $1,000 cash prize and Johnsonville Sausage products for the department to raise additional funds. The International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) will also provide the latest in smoke alarm installer training for the department to help their community become more fire safe, along with a ball cap, T-shirt and an IFSTA eBook.

During the voting period from May 20 - June 20, Hiawatha was among 20 volunteer firehouse finalists from across the nation competing in the Best of US campaign.

Grand prize winner Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (Dooly County, Georgia) garnered nearly 9,000 votes, with Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department (Ashburn, Virginia) coming in second with nearly 6,000 votes. More than 68,600 total votes were cast from around the country.

Top 10 Volunteer Fire Departments
1.   Grand Prize Winner: Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (Georgia)
2.   Ashburn Volunteer Fire Rescue Department (Virginia)
3.   Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Co. (Pennsylvania)
4.   Montrose Fire Department (Minnesota)
5.   Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department (Texas)
6.   East 52 Volunteer Fire Department School (Tennessee)
7.   Cowlitz County Fire District #6 (Washington)
8.   North Catawba Fire-Rescue (North Carolina)
9.   Atlantic Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company (Virginia)
10. Hiawatha Fire Department (Iowa)
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