The Second Annual Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue Fireman’s Banquet, the department’s largest fundraiser, was held November 30 at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort and was well attended by many supporters.
The Banquet featured a silent auction with a wide variety of items from jewelry, to plane tickets, to artwork and crafts and more, all donated by businesses and individuals.
Fire Chief Danny Sawyer presented a year in review highlighting a number of the more significant fires the volunteer service responded to throughout the year.
Mr. Sawyer also spoke of the needs of the department, some of which were addressed with funds raised over the last year and much that still needs to be acquired.
Over the last year the department was able to complete the conference room and bathrooms at the fire station, purchased some helmets, goggles, facemasks and have dealt with maintenance and repairs to some of the fire engines.
Mr. Sawyer said the department is seeking to further equip firefighters with safety gear, including wildland gear, entry tools and new self-contained breathing apparatus as well as a large tanker that can hold upwards of 3000 gallons of water or more.
He also spoke of the drills and training that has been ongoing with the objective of making Abaco and the community more fire-ready with the hope of saving lives and property.
He shared his appreciation for the many individuals and businesses who have shown great support for the fire department noting that the fire department would not work without the financial help and support of the community.
He thanked the volunteers as well who willingly sacrifice their time and put their lives in harm’s way to keep the communities in and around Marsh Harbour safe.