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Auxiliarys support crucial to fire department
MR Auxiliary fire dept
For a fire department, an all night vehicle accident or a multi-day brush fire can drain personnel both physically and mentally. However, with the help of a group of ladies, the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department can work these calls without worrying about exhaustion and fatigue.
The Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Station 4 Ladies Auxiliary has made important contributions to the department since it was established in 2001. The 15-member group, led by its president Janet Foster, plans to continue helping the department, and any emergency agency that needs assistance.
“We are here for whoever needs our help, we mostly work with our own department, but we have helped other workers from all over the area,” Foster said.
The auxiliary’s support was crucial last year during the fire department’s battle with brush fires, which ravaged Long County.
“We fed meals for the entire duration as the workers were out fighting the fires; it didn’t matter who was out there — if they were hungry, they got a meal,” said auxiliary member Majorie DeLoach.
The group also set up a support camp for eleven days in 2006 when the search effort for a Fort Stewart soldier who drowned in Long County lasted more than a week. Two months ago, the ladies auxiliary supplied drinks and snacks for workers searching for a missing Long County woman.
Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Chief Darrell Ballance is thankful for the ladies’ service. “These ladies have been there for us at the drowning a couple of years ago, the brush fires last year, and every time we need them. They furnish everyone a breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they always do a good job.”
Since the group was started, it has raised around $72,000 for the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department to buy uniforms, jackets, self-contained breathing apparatuses, landing-zone kits and a generator.
All of the equipment and services they provide are funded with donations and through fundraisers.
According to DeLoach, the two biggest fundraisers the group coordinates are a Boston butt sale in March and a haunted house in October. Those efforts require a lot of manpower, however, and the group is always searching for volunteers.
“It takes a lot of people to do what we do, and most of the times we are short handed. We really need more members and volunteers to help,” Foster said.
The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Ludowici/Long County Fire Department Station 4, which is in the northern part of the county/Sand Hill area. Refreshments are served at the meetings, and anyone is invited to attend.
For more information on the Ludowici/Long County Station 4 Ladies Auxiliary, call Foster at 912-654-3512.
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