Culberson Fire celebrates with food, fun
Culberson – Dignitaries from throughout Cherokee County joined residents Saturday during the fourth annual Independence Day Open House at the Culberson Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.
“The volunteer firefighters are the pride of our county,” Commissioner Dan Eichenbaum told the Cherokee Scout.
More than 200 people attended the celebration, which included free giveaways, food, fireworks and fire safety lessons for kids. The department also displayed a new fire engine and its first rescue truck.
“We’ve come a long way, but I can’t take credit for it all,” Culberson Fire Chief Kasey Carter said. “The four departments on the west end are strong right now. We help each other protect and serve these communities.”
The department recently purchased a 2019 fire engine for about $230,000 using funds from the fire tax. It also acquired a 2012 rescue truck for about $15,000. The department has a total of seven apparatuses.
“This county is getting really good coverage on fire, rescue and medical first responder calls,” Carter said.
The department answers about 200 calls per year, with an abundance of medical responses during the summer months.
Volunteer firefighters from the Hiwassee Dam, Ranger and Wolf Creek departments also attended the open house celebration, which featured a fire safety house for kids. The Ranger department recently purchased the portable model house from another agency using $2,000 from in-house funds, along with a cash windfall left to each department by a now deceased resident.
“It was a seven-hour drive to get this,” Ranger Fire Chief Mike Taylor said about the house. “It’s a great tool to teach kids not to panic during a fire and to call 911.”
All the food and prizes awarded to attendees Saturday were donated by numerous businesses. Local resident Dakota Thrower won the grand prize propane grill, which was donated by Lowe’s.
The fire department thanked all the area businesses and volunteers who helped make the event a success.