Fire department auction draws crowd

Getting a good deal and supporting heroes at the same time equals success.

In March of this year, there was a fire at Sisolack’s Garage on the Talbott Road, where crews spent many days battling the blaze. Because of this event, their equipment sustained much wear and tear and damage from which the department still hasn’t recovered. Fundraisers, such as this auction, help with the loss.

Around 80 people were able to take home treasures from the auction. Stoves, dishwashers, small appliances, housewares, furniture, exercise equipment and even a piano were among the items purchased.

Hotdogs, drinks, chips and brownies were sold in the kitchen throughout the day.

Firefighters were also selling tickets to their annual Fall Bash, which will be Sept. 14.

Along with every day expenses that the department faces, the equipment is getting old. One of the pumpers that is still in use, is 27 years old. This is old enough to be considered an antique, yet it is still being used almost every time they respond to a fire.

Working with outdated equipment not only can hinder their ability to fight fire effectively, but it also is a possiblity that the lives of firefighters are put in more danger.

Another way residents can support BVFD is by stopping by the ice cream stand, located in the Food Court at the Barbour County Fair.

The price of protection can be quite high, and the department is seeking any help residents are willing to offer.