09/12/11 260 W, 1 I - + 8 - 4 Goose Creek Island Fire Department

Reader Lee Kennedy shares this picture and report on the Goose Creek Island Fire Department in Pamlico County, N.C. The department is located in an area called Lowland, and their fire station was flooded during Hurricane Irene. Almost five feet of water damaged their engine, tanker, and brush truck. Though the engine was salvaged-- and has been sent to C.W. Williams for repairs-- the tanker and brush were damaged beyond repair. Additionally, all hose, equipment, breathing apparatus, and turnout gear were ruined. The fire station building will also be demolished, and a replacement structure constructed. (The flooding damage to that area was terrible. All of the department's members also lost their homes.)

Kennedy recently delivered some 20 sets of turnout gear-- coats, pants, helmets-- along with hose from the Faison Fire Department, after an e-mail requesting help for the department was transmitted by the OSFM and NCSFA. Help with apparatus was also requested, and four vehicles are presently housed at the home of the Assistant Fire Chief: pumper from Comfort FD (Jones County), pumper from Oak City FD (Martin County), pumper/tanker from Olympia (Pamlico County), and tanker from Sandy Bottom (Lenoir County). Two trucks have been gifted, and two are loaned.

GCIFD is located in a remote area of the county, with the nearest mutual aid from Araphoe (31.4 miles) and Vendemere (14.9 miles) fire departments. Long hauls! Thanks for sending and sharing, Lee. Click to enlarge:

Here's also a News Channel 12 clip about firefighters from around the state helping the department, found via Google:

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