Family Fun Day benefits Caton's Chapel/Richardson's Cove fire department

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

Though it isn't quite time for the county fair, the Caton's Chapel/Richardson's Cove Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday. Families gathered for a pig roast, a duck race and a silent auction, as well as bounce houses, face-painting, games and a wood workshop for kids.

The department, which was established in 1992, operates completely through donations. Firefighters Cameron French and Charles Powers, who were present at the event, enjoyed helping with the fundraiser,

"I've been surrounded by it my whole life," said French of firefighting. "My dad has been a firefighter for 20 years. I guess it's in my blood."

Powers, who lives across the street from the department, said he wanted to play an active role there. "I work as a dispatcher for the police department, and hearing about everything that way, I wanted more hands-on experience than just on the phone," he said.

"We're really trying to work up a crowd here," said this year's event organizer, Char Abercrombie, who serves on the Fire Department's Board of Directors.

Fundraising is even more crucial to the department this year, as it opened Station Two on Henrytown Road in May. The station is fully operational, but it is temporary, serving in the interim until the permanent station is built on a two-acre lot near Howard's View Church.

"In addition to the new station, we're also funding med-first response for the enire area, and this is the first time we've done that," Abercrombie said.

She added, "Our funding from the county won't come in until November, so we're just trying to meet our expenses."

"So far, we've had a good turnout," French said. "We hope to get even more for the barbecue and fireworks show." n

jfrye@themountainpress.com