The Evanston Police & Fire Foundation will present the fifth annual Police vs. Fire Grill Off, held in the Valli Produce parking lot, on Dodge Avenue just south of Dempster Street at 2 p.m., Aug 26.

Valli Produce is also donating all of the ingredients for this event, including chips and drinks.

Two teams of chefs will create the tastiest burgers in town. Rumor has it that both the Police Chief and the Fire Chief will help cook this year. Last year, more than 400 burgers were served and $1,500 was raised to support the Evanston Police & Fire Foundation.

For a $10 donation, patrons will enjoy two tasty burgers, – “Firemen’s Fury” and “Evanston’s Finest Slider” – chips, and a drink. Everyone votes for the favorite burger to determine which group of first-responders has the best cooks.

The Evanston Police & Fire Foundation, in concert with the Evanston Police Department and Evanston Fire Department, identifies needed programs, equipment, and technology. EPFF works to raise funds within the community and to create partnerships with local business, residents, and community members to meet the critical needs of our first responders.

The EPFF supports programs like the Evanston Citizens Fire Academy, Citizens Police Academy, Fire Explorers and the new Police Explorers. These programs promote a high degree of understanding among ordinary citizens about how the departments work and the men and women who, every day, put their lives on the line each time they go on a call.

EPFF also purchases specialized equipment the City’s budget cannot accommodate. For example, a new radio system for use in high-rise buildings that would allow first responders to communicate more effectively has just been approved by the grant committee.