Article by W. Clay Crook-
Henderson County has one of the best rural volunteer fire departments in the state, and is at the top of the state in the free ten-year fire alarm program. The men and women who volunteer in the individual fire stations across Henderson County have made a substantial savings, in not only lives saved, but in property saved, and family pets, memories, and heirlooms intact. Their response times are often miraculous, but with many of the volunteers living near their local stations, the system works better than many paid departments in the state.
Luray Fire Station 11 is just one of those in the county, and recently held a fundraiser at the station to help with expenses.
Henderson County Fire Chief Lynn Murphy says that fundraising is still a major part of the success of the local stations, but it takes a lot of work to make it happen.
“Henderson County Fire Department consists of 17 fire stations that are maintained through donations and fundraisers,” Chief Murphy said. “As the fire department’s annual line-item budget received from local government does not cover station maintenance and upkeep, each community is responsible for financially supporting the maintenance and upkeep of its fire station.”
“The department’s annual budget covers the salary of the paid personnel consisting of three full-time and three part-time employees, cost of any new firefighting equipment and apparatus not funded by grants, maintenance of all portable firefighting equipment and 60 pieces of apparatus, fuel, training, and…
For complete coverage, see the March 9th edition of The Lexington Progress.