Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue/Fire

Department Name: Beaver Lane Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department

County: Union

Type Department: Fire/Rescue

Structure: Combination

ISO: 5/9

Number of Stations: 1


Chief ‘Toot’ Toranze Lee

Number of Apparatus:

Pumpers: 2 Aerials: Specialty: 5

(1) Heavy Rescue (1) Tanker

(1) Brush (1) Pickup (1) Breathing Air Trailer

Do you provide EMS? YES,

What type? BLS ALS FR

Specialty Operations: Vehicle Extrication/Rope Rescue/ Water Rescue

Annual Budget: $685,000

Area Covered Square miles: 20 sq. miles

Population: 4000

Total Runs: 969 Fire: 394 EMS: 624

Chief: Toranze Lee

Chief Officers: Darren Knight

Other Officers: Captain Paul Ohmann, Captain Darren Thomas, Captain Tim Mills

Number of Members: 55 Paid: 37 Volunteer: 18

Address: 310 Olive Branch Street, Marshville NC, 28103


Phone: 704-624-5550

Community Outreach:

Our department is active in our community in several ways. First, we participate at our local schools through fire safety presentations and presentations about community helpers, which is a program to discuss with the students what firefighters do to help in the community. We also participate in career day at our local middle school. This gives up the opportunity to explain the opportunities of a career in the fire service. Second, we offer free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to community members that are in need. Last, we partner with the Town of Marshville at several events throughout the year where we offer fire safety advice to community members and have demonstrations on some of the services we provide.

Top Two concerns in your community:

1. Recruiting and retaining quality members either as volunteer members or paid members and succession planning for the next group of leaders in our organization

2. Ensuring that our community members have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

What are you doing for fundraising?

Our department currently has no formal fundraising events. Any funds we receive, other than County allocated funds, are received from local community members.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?

We are hoping to begin construction on a new fire station in the coming year. We also are in the beginning phase of replacing one of our engines.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

Our primary special hazard is US Hwy 74 and CSX railway both of which travels through the middle of our territory which presents a multitude of transportation hazards. Our business community is wide ranging, we have a large poultry processing plant, a large lumber manufacturing plant, a skilled nursing facility and several large propane distributors.

What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others?

How are other departments facing the challenges of recruiting and maintaining quality people? Our county has numerous combination departments, and we are all competing for the same workforce. This has become a significant obstacle for hiring quality part-time firefighter/emts

Anything else you are proud of and would like the readers to know about.

We recently placed into service a new Rescue Company that we are extremely proud of and grateful for. Our department had outgrown our previous Rescue and this new apparatus gives us plenty of room to grow to meet the ever-changing environment and challenges that comes with it.

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