Oakdale Fire Department raises money for new equipment

Oakdale Fire Department raises money for new equipment

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 7:41 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Oakdale Fire Department in Rock Hill is hard at work serving up 1,500 pounds of barbecue for a good cause.

Last year, they suffered a devastating loss but they say it’s not keeping them down. It's a busy day at the Oakdale Fire Department, not fighting fires, but fixing plates.
 
"It's excellent, really good," said Mark Burris, who stopped by to eat.
 
Fifteen-hundred pounds of barbeque, sold by the pound, plate or sandwich, add some slaw made from scratch and you can bet the community will show up.
 
"I like to help them, the BBQ is good, I like it all," said local, Janice Smith.
 
Though this is the 26th year for the department's fundraiser, it's a special year since last year their cooler broke the night before causing them to trash it all.
 
"It was heartbreaking, it was just a tragedy," said Chief Bill Dunlap.
 
But Dunlap says the community didn't disappoint, they still donated money helping the department reach their goal of buying a new thermal imaging camera.
 
"That will help us do search and rescue to try and find a victim that was either in a fire or the tornado," said Dunlap.
 
Every year the funds raised go towards equipment to help serve the community. This year they're hoping to improve their communication in the field with new radios.
 
"We've got some members in our department that don't have a radio, we're trying to put communication devices in everybody's hands," said Dunlap.
 
Many locals says they appreciate what the department does, so they come every year, and it's not just for the tasty barbeque.
 
"This is the community and if we don't work together we don't have a community," said local Alene Hawkins.
 
The department will be there selling food till 7:00 Friday evening and then starting again Saturday morning at 10:00 until all the food is gone.

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