Copiah County is blessed when it comes to preparedness for fires and medical calls. We have an enormous amount of support from our country state and county. A county fire department’s yearly money comes from state and county funds – that money is only to be used for fires and fire fighting equipment. It cannot be used for any other equipment, such as: medical calls and repairs to buildings.
Copiah County has high ratings in the insurance industry, saving residents hundreds of dollars a year in insurance credit.
In 2009 there were 56 structure fires in the county. That does not include medical calls, wrecks, and many other calls that the fire departments participate in. The first line of defence, whether it is fire or physical injury, is the fire department.
Every year, Copiah County firemen have fundraisers to get the implements to help them be better prepared for any emergency – from house fires to getting victims out of wrecks with Jaws of Life.
This year the Copiah County Volunteer Fire Services will be holding a Firefighter’s Banquet July 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and dinner at 7. The event will take place at the White Oak, 151 W. Gallatin St., Hazlehurst.
Michael Manning said, “We are trying to raise money and awareness for our volunteer fire departments. Proceeds will be divided between participating departments and used for a variety of needed gear and equipment.”
Sponsor levels include: Chief Level: Above $1500, includes a sponsor’s table and eight tickets to the event, along with a special sponsor’s gift; Captain Level: $1000 and above, includes a sponsor’s table and eight tickets to the event; Lieutenant Level: $500 and above, includes four tickets to the event; and Firefighter Level: $100 and above, includes two tickets to the event. Individual and couple tickets are also available.
Tickets are on sale now. Thank your local fire dept and join – there is more to firefighting than tending hose: people handing out water, grant writers, mechanics, anything that will help. You don’t have to even look at a fire if you are good at getting money. It is a great way to be involved in your community and as a citizen a responsible service.
For more information contact Michael Manning, 601-835-5133 or e-mail: Manningmike8@yahoo.com.
Remember, these men and women give up their time and talents, and sometimes their lives, to be available to save your life or property. Please support them so they can support you.