By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
A much needed automated external defibrillator (AED) estimated to cost $1,700 and other equipment were recently given to the Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department by the Cooke County Fire Support and Rehab Team organization. Other equipment included in the gift consisted of an oxygen-trauma bag, two supply valve nozzles and 200 feet of hose.
Oak Ridge Chief Shelton Price accepted the gifts from David Ortega, Cooke County Fire Support and Rehab Team president.
The fire support organization is a nonprofit group providing fundraising, rehabilitation, safety and assistance to local Cooke County volunteer fire departments including Moss Lake, Rosston, Lindsay, Myra, Era, Muenster, North Shore, Indian Creek, Oak Ridge, Callisburg and Valley View.
The nonprofit organization raises money via auctions, a benefit dinner and donations in order to provide equipment replacement and other assistance.
According to the organization secretary, Toni Bartram, the team consists of two major components.
“The auxiliary aspect or our team provides assistance working fundraisers, gathering auction items, raising funds for protective and safety gear and other support services as needed,” Bartram said.
“In addition, the rehab part of the group provides rehab services such as Gatorade for rehydration, cool down time and food during hot summer fire scenes,” she continued.
The main dinner and auction benefiting the organization’s efforts takes place in the spring each year. Last year over $3,000 was raised and was distributed as needed. Many of the items supplied to the volunteer fire departments are not covered in each organization’s budget so the additional assistance is greatly appreciated.
Members of the fire support and rehab team include vice president Jackie Allen, secretary Toni Bartram, president David Ortega, Jennifer Ortega, Don Cook, Cheryl Medlen, Patricia Cohen. Mary Preston, Julia Shaw, Josey Zimmerer, Kathy Ramsey and treasurer Sue Carr. Junior member Elizabeth Bryant also assists the group.
The organization states that its mission is to providing fundraising, rehabilitation, safety and assistance to the volunteer fire departments in Cooke County.