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POSTED: July 7, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Hampton Island Preserve, an exclusive vacation community and membership club on the coast of Georgia, has given a 1977 LaFrance firetruck to the city of Riceboro.
With a population of 736, Riceboro has accepted this donation as much of the surrounding area continues to experience dry conditions making homes and property prone to brush fires. The firetruck has been re-configured for this purpose.
“It is no secret that the Southeast has had an unusually dry spring and brush fires can quickly get out of hand under these drought-like conditions, “Ronald Leventhal, president of Tivoli Communities (developer of Hampton Island Preserve), said. “We find it imperative to protect our neighbors as well as the surrounding woodlands and hope donating this fire truck we will aid in the process.”  
Rain over the past week has eased concern about wildfires, but has not been enough to reverse drought conditions. So officials warn that fires are still a threat, especially if the weather dries out as normal during the summer.
“Hampton Island Preserve has been a valuable neighbor and important part of the community,” Capt. Dennis Fitzgerald of the Riceboro Volunteer Fire Department said. “We are grateful for their generosity and continuous support of our residents and pristine environment.”
The department is a private, non-profit organization that cooperates with the city and county governments. Most of its funding is from donations.
Hampton Island Preserve is a verdant, private retreat set on a 4,000-acre island southeast of Riceboro on the coast of Georgia. The development offers 163 distinctive home sites and exclusive membership opportunities.
For more information about Hampton Island Preserve, visit www.hamptonisland.com or call 880-8800.
 

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