About Our Organization
The Barneston Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1956 to serve the small town of Barneston and the immediate surrounding area. Since then the department has transformed into the Barneston Rural Volunteer Fire Department serving not only the town of Barneston, but also the surrounding area including the Village of Liberty 8 miles away. Our department consist of 20 volunteer firefighters, 5 rural board members, 3 grass rigs, 1 engine, and 1 tender tanker.
For our Big Give Gage 2022 Project we have decided it is time to look at replacing our 30+ year old refrigerator at our fire station. Currently we have an old refrigerator that was donated to us a few years back, and unfortunately due to its age it is becoming unreliable. A refrigerator and freezer are critical appliances for our fire department because they are used to keep cases of water and bags of ice cold and ready to go when we need them for hydration during high intensity calls. We also use the refrigerator and freezer to store meat and other goods leading up to our fundraisers, and after to store the leftovers for feeding our firefighters at monthly meetings and after calls when necessary. Unfortunately, due to its age the old appliance has started performing very poorly and the freezer portion is getting bad enough it needs to be defrosted at least once a month. Recently the ice built up so bad that it pushed the freezer compartment door open, and by the time it was noticed the freezer had defrosted soaking everything in the refrigerator with water and completely thawing all the contents inside the freezer resulting in several pounds of meat having to be thrown away due to food safety concerns.
Currently we have just a standard freezer over fridge model, and that is what we intend to stay with as far as a refrigerator. We also feel that adding a small chest freezer (something like 5 cubic feet) would be a good addition that would give us enough freezer space so that we could keep bags of ice on hand at the station. The closest place for us to buy ice is in Wymore which is 10 miles away. Having ice on hand at the station will be much more convenient for us than our current situation where we have to send someone to go buy the ice when we need it. Having plenty of cold water and ice readily available is key to keeping our firefighters hydrated so that they can carry out their duties safely and efficiently while responding to calls.
We have researched online prices with local retailers and feel that $1400 is roughly what it will take to buy the most basic standard size refrigerator and small chest freezer for our department. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read about our 2022 project.
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