Fire department asks you to float cash for new rescue boat
The Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department just bought a new rescue boat, but the money they used to pay for it was not in the budget. (Source: WECT)
BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) -
A volunteer fire department in Brunswick County needs help from the public to make the community safer.
The Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department just bought a new rescue boat, but the money they used to pay for it was not in the budget.
During a recent training class, the fire department's rescue boat broke.
Instead of paying more than $3,000 to fix it, leaders elected to spend $2,500 for a brand new one; however, the purchase left a hole in the department's budget.
Chief Chris Grace said that's where generosity from the public comes in to play.
"The volunteer service is on a steady decline over the past 20 years. It's just declining and to demand more out your volunteers is just more difficult," Grace said. "So these kinds of web sites and social media is definitely a benefit."
Boiling Spring Lakes Fire Department is asking for donations through a web site called gofundme.org.
With a response area of 98 square miles, the Boiling Spring Lakes Fire and Rescue Department has the largest response area in Brunswick County and it includes numerous lakes, streams, and the Cape Fear River.
The department's water rescue program responds to a variety of calls, ranging from swimmers in distress to boating accidents. In order to provide a quality service, many of its members have become certified in various aspects of the water rescue field.
Grace says the fact that the department is made up almost entirely through volunteers makes it difficult to achieve funding for necessary resources.
"It is difficult with the fundraising because of demand. You just can't demand so much out of volunteer people. They do all they can do," Grace said. "They're greatly appreciated. They give and give and give, when they can."
Through donations, the department says they will be able to recover the cost of the boat and replenish the budget where the money was borrowed.
Grace says this boat, along with another larger boat donated by the city, will allow them to operate as normal while still providing a much needed service to the area.
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