Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department will be the beneficiary of “FLOCK Loves First Responders” with p
West Columbia, SC - House of Raeford’s non-profit organization FLOCK, is donating a new, state of the art, Thermal Imaging Camera to the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department. These cameras improve the already high-quality services the BLFD provides the greater Batesburg-Leesville community and their neighboring communities.
These cameras allow first responders the opportunity to do things that this type equipment alone will do. They can see hidden fire through walls and ceilings, help locate a trapped person or downed firefighter in smoky conditions, or even assist in locating a patient thrown from a collision into brush, woods, or weeds. They’ve also been used when requested to assist local Police Department’s who need help finding suspects that have hidden themsleves in thick brush and other hiding places like attics or false floors in structures.
The presentation of the Thermal Imaging Camera, as well as a demonstration with the new equipment, will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 10 a.m. The presentation will take place at the Leesville station which is located at 537 West Church St. in Batesburg-Leesville.
The Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department has always provided top notch emergency services to the people of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville and the surrounding area. They often respond into Lexington and Saluda Counties through automatic aid agreements. They provide services that include fire suppression, vehicle extrication, medical first responder services, basic hazardous material responses at the operations level, and others. They also are very involved in education with their fire prevention programs and training at Batesburg-Leesville High School that allows participating students to graduate with a certain level of SC State Fire Academy certification as firefighters.
Chief Frye, along with volunteer firefighter and House of Raeford team member Chris Swygert, approached FLOCK for assistance after determining the need for the new Thermal Imager. They showed FLOCK how critical this equipment was to the Department’s mission.
“’FLOCK Loves” is a campaign committed to being the very best company and neighbor we can be. We are working to improve the lives of everyone in our community,” said Chuck Underhill with FLOCK. “It is an honor to assist the B-L Fire Department in delivering services to their community and across Lexington and Saluda Counties.”
FLOCK is an acronym for Faithful Love Offering for Christ’s Kingdom. As a nonprofit outreach program, FLOCK partners with charitable organizations to responsibly distribute resources, monetary gifts, product donations, and volunteer activities to help meet the needs in communities where House of Raeford Farms has operations.