The Towns County Fire Corps program is a registered nonprofit organization made up of 32 active citizen volunteers. The program works out of office space donated by the county and assists the Towns County Rescue Department in a variety of ways including fundraising, grant-writing, station maintenance, and public education initiatives.

Fundraising has been a successful venture for Towns County Fire Corps. Volunteers have organized events such as the Brasstown Big Band Concert, the Fire in the Mountains Chili Cook-offs, and a firefighter calendar fundraiser. Fundraising efforts provide funds and donations to help acquire station equipment such as traffic safety vests, turnout gear, boots, defibulators, and computers for training. The Brasstown Big Band Concert raised $3,000 that was used to refurbish a donated 24’ Pontoon boat to assist with lake rescues in the county. The chili cook-offs have raised $11,000 to be used to supplement a grant request from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase a new Breathing Air System for firefighters. The calendar fundraiser is currently in progress and has raised over $6,000 so far.

Fire Corps volunteers also assist with grant-writing for the department and have attended a FEMA grant workshop to increase their effectiveness. Members have helped prepare applications for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, USDA grants, and corporate grants.

In addition to fundraising and grant-writing, Fire Corps volunteers help the department with numerous other activities. They assist the department’s primary station with administrative tasks such as creating and organizing personnel files and have completed inventory for all six stations. To date, volunteers have provided four out of six stations with painting, pressure washing, tree trimming, cleaning, and organizing services. Fire Corps members feed a minimum of 25 department members once a month before scheduled training sessions. Volunteers also helped with a Firemen Appreciation Dinner by providing all of the necessary supplies, shopped for children’s gifts, and produced certificates of recognition for firefighters.

The Towns County Fire Corps program is very active with public safety education and created a Fire Safety Education Committee to direct fire prevention and Firewise campaigns. Volunteers have assisted with Fire Prevention Week and fire safety activities in schools and have given multiple Firewise presentations to raise wildland fire awareness. Volunteers are currently working on a free smoke alarm program. They have already received several donations and are awaiting a grant award from Walmart to assist with this program.

The Towns County Fire Corps program has received tremendous support and recognition from their community. For more information on their program, contact program president Brenda L. Hunt at 706-896-5522 (after 2 p.m. Eastern time) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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