Henleyfield VFD update

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Henleyfield VFD held its annual fish fry last weekend, and according to John Odle, the community showed the unwavering support of the department that it always has.

“We had a great fish fry,” Odle said. “We sold over 300 plates, had several donations, and some spectacular fellowship with the community.”

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The department has launched the daunting task of attempting to raise funds to purchase communications equipment. Odle said even if the department receives grants, they still must raise $30,000 for the new equipment. Without the grants, they would need to raise more than $50,000.

The deep-rooted partnership between the department and the community is apparent.

HENLEYFIELD.COMmunity, Inc. founder, John Rosen has worked closely with the fire department for years and said, “We all value the fire department and volunteerism is a big part of the community. It’s a no brainer that we value them. They serve as more than volunteer firefighters. They probably get more calls regarding road and health emergencies than they do for fires, but we know they will always be there.”

Rosen said that it was VFD treasurer, Ben Usinger, who helped the area get a lower fire rating through continued acquisition of newer equipment.

“At one time we had the worst (rate) in the state. This reduced everyone’s rate  by 30 percent on their fire insurance,” he said. “We all should be appreciative to him and the department for their efforts.”

Odle said that the department would once again like to show the community their appreciation by inviting them to the annual Community Appreciation Day. on September 13. Additional details are being finalized.