Timpson VFD hosts open house, luncheon for public

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department hosted an open house and sandwich luncheon for their members and guests on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. Arriving guests could see the TVFD vehicles parked in a row outside the fire house prior to entering and enjoying the luncheon prepared by the members.

Timpson Mayor Debra Smith spoke to the group during the luncheon commending the firefighters for their service to the community. She also explained that the firefighters are truly volunteers, receiving no pay for what they do to keep the community safe. The VFD is not completely funded, in that the firefighters themselves must raise funds to buy necessary equipment, such as their “bunker” gear, which costs approximately $20,000 each to outfit one firefighter. The financial records are available for the public to see under the Freedom of Information Act, she stated. Mayor Smith urged citizens of Timpson to check the $1 contribution box when paying utilities and to attend fundraisers held by the VFD.

Fire Chief Tuffy Green then spoke and displayed various pieces of equipment needed by firefighters, with their costs. He said the Timpson VFD would hold a chicken spaghetti fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. on March 3, 2018, in conjunction with a candidates’ forum. Candidates running for office in the May 5, 2018 General Election each would have five minutes to speak, followed by a question-and-answer period. The spaghetti dinner tickets are $10 per plate, with the money raised earmarked for new equipment needed this year.