20th Annual HSFD Salute To America !!!
The Commissioners, Officers and Firefighters of the Holly Springs Fire-Rescue District announce this year's tribute and celebration of the founding of our Country. This promises to be the best in our history. Here is where you will find the information you need to plan your day with us.
First, we need SPONSORS! Attendance at this celebration has grown to over a thousand people annually. This is a perfect opportunity to show all the level of community involvement we have here. This year we are, again, going to publish our "Sponsor's Banner" publicizing who our generous sponsors are. Also, this is a great way for businesses, organizations and groups to advertise their repective activities. There are four categories of sponsorship: Bronze: $25.00, name in small black and white lettering. Silver: $50.00, medium sized lettering. Gold: $100.00, large color lettering with your logo. Platinum: $150.00, yeah, this is the big dog, an individual banner with logo, etc. After all is said and done we are lucky to break even each year. With the amount of growth in participation, associated costs have risen. As always, sponsors and donations are instrumental to us being able to continue this well established tradition. Sponsors should contact Lee Jeffcoat at 809-1227 or Bonnie Fulton, 473-7427 NLT June 22nd to secure your spot on the banners. THANKS!
4th of July Celebration Events Schedule
- 9:00 AM: Cuties for a Cause Pageant.
- 9:00-3:00 PM: American Red Cross Blood Drive. PLEASE come out and donate to this worthy cause. Countless lives are saved everyday due to this program which, could be one of the most important in the Country. Come out and support.
- 11:00-Until: Worlds Best BBQ!! Selection of hash, pulled pork or chicken. Plates are $10.00 with two sides (baked bean, slaw or sweet potato crumble). Meat by the pound and large side orders will be available and costs will be announced.
- 11:00 AM: Food vendors and concessionaires open.
- 11:00 AM: Static displays begin throughout the day. Regional One (MEDEVAC helicopter) as available, fire equipment, Classic Car Cruz in the afternoon (5:00 PM) just to name some.
- 4:30 PM: ADDED: Cornhole Tournament Sign-up. Cash prizes for top 5.
- Tournament starts at 5:00 PM. Entry fee: $5.00 per person.
- Three games (singles) will run simultaneously.
- Cash Prizes: $50.00-First; $20.00-Second; $15.00-Third; $10.00-Fourth; $5.00-Fifth.
- 5:00 PM: Activities begin for the kids. Infatibles, etc.
- 6:00-9:15 PM: Live music by Crossfire (formally The Arsonists).
- 9:30 PM: The Grand Finale Firewords Display, the biggest in the Upstate.
We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the day and for the display. And PLEASE help by becoming a sponsor and participate in the blood drive.
The Call Log page is updated with the end-of-year stats. This past year was our busiest since we began tracking these type statistics. We ended the year with a total of 514 calls requiring a total of 1930 people hours with no missed calls. It should be noted that hours begin with call alert and terminate when assets are returned to the Department but, do not take into account recovery actions needed after the call is completed.
Take a minute and review all call stats on the Call Log page and see how our call volume has steadily increased over the past four years. Now, remember we are still a volunteer/part-time Department and we met the challenges head-on with much success. This was accomplished through sound leadership and management from the Commission through the Department Command Staff and ultimately the dedication of our Firefighters! 'Nuff said.
This coming year promises to be another busy year and, an important one as well. There is more change coming as our community continues to grow and demands increase. We, as always, will be completely transparent and forthcoming with details as they become available and, we will be seeking your input as needed.
Our 37thAnnual Awards Banquet was held on December 11th at Lyman Lake Lodge and was a very good time. Awardees are listed below:
- The Clara W. Edwards Achievement Award: Tony Patton. This award recognizes those members who have faithfully served the Department and community over a number years such as Mrs. Edwards did. Tony now serves the Department as Chaplain is currently attending the Chaplain School.
- Life Saving Award: Chief Blackwell presented two awards this year. First to Commission Chairman Lee Jeffcoat for his actions in reviving a non-breathing female and secondly to Commissioner Robby Golightly for reviving a non-breathing male. Talk about service to the community.
- Service Award: Certain milestones in a career earn special recognition. This year Chief Blackwell awarded Chairman Lee Jeffcoat his recognition pin for his faithful and dedicated service to the Department as Fire Chief (2004-2010).
- Chief's Award: Presented to Lt. Jeff Duncan for his outstanding leadership within the Department and extensive work in establishing the Chaplain Program. The presentation was made by Assistant Chief Ryan Jones.
- Training Award: Chief Blackwell presented this award to Fire Explorer Matt Jackson. Matt attended all training sessions throughout the year and will attend the ESA for further training.