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State of-the-art helipad highlight of North Halifax marathon

The North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department (NHVFD) will kick off its annual marathon Saturday having on display its new state-of-the-art helipad.

The lighted helipad was made possible through the joint support of Halifax Regional Hospital and Centra Health.

According to NHVFD Chief Ronnie Waller, by Med-Life helicopters having access to this helipad, the members of the community have the availability of immediate emergency care.

“North Halifax Fire Department is striving to offer the best fire and emergency medical service we can for each person in the community,” Waller said.

Also on display during the annual marathon will be the 11,000 square foot facility that has given the department members, ladies auxiliary and quilting ladies a more spacious place that all can be proud of, the chief said.

“We hope everyone is satisfied with the community fire department and how it is used to better service you when we are needed,” he added.

With the growth of the fire department, the fleet of fire fighting and emergency medical vehicles has grown over the last few years to the point the department found it necessary to build the new fire station.

After receiving a loan of $750,000 last year, the department built the 11,000 square foot facility with four bays for vehicles, along with a second floor storage and training room with an additional 3,500 square feet.
Waller and other fire department volunteers encourage the public to come out and support this local fire department during its marathon on Saturday.

“We have many activities for the children including a kiddie train, face painting and other various activities,” Waller said.

Music and entertainment will be provided all day, and numerous crafters and vendors will be on hand this year for something new to enjoy.

The Centra One helicopter also is scheduled to arrive sometime during the day, Waller said.

In addition, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department will have a drug prevention display, and Volens Family Practice and Halifax Regional Hospital will have booths offering free cholesterol and blood pressure checks.

State police will have a display, antique cars will be on display and WKDE Radio will be conducting a live remote broadcast of the event all day.

“And, as always, we will have a beautiful hand made ‘Log Cabin’ quilt to raffle that day,” the chief said.

Plenty of good food will be available throughout the day starting at 11 a.m. and continuing all day until 7 p.m. Included on this year’s menu is barbecue pork or fried chicken with slaw, baked beans and a roll, hotdogs with all the fixings, homemade pies and desserts and homemade Brunswick stew.

“Please support the local fire department that serves the area in which you live. You depend on your local department for fire protection, and they depend on your support each year,” Waller said.

He explained NHVFD has been granted an expanded service area for providing emergency medical services.
“We are able to transport patients to the hospital for our area and into some neighboring areas as well,” he added.

In the event of an emergency requiring an ambulance, Waller said NHVFD’s coverage area now extends from the Staunton River at Brookneal southward all the way to the 5000 block of L. B. Bailey Memorial Highway, five miles north of Halifax.

It also covers eastward to the Lennig area and westward to the Pittsylvania County line.

“If North Halifax is not your local fire department, we are still asking for your support in order to offer emergency medical services to our neighbors quickly and efficiently,” Waller said.

NHVFD currently has two fully equipped ambulances with four full-time emergency medical technicians on duty to provide medical help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The department also has approximately 30 volunteer drivers and EMTs to provide assistance as needed, he added.

“North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department is striving to offer the best fire and emergency medical service we can for each person in the community,” Waller said.

He encouraged county residents to make sure they have address numbers posted at the driveway large enough to be read by a passing motorist.

“If we are called to your home, we want to be able to find your residence quickly,” Waller said.

He expressed appreciation for past support and added, “We depend on your financial contributions to help with routine day to day operations. We hope to see you Saturday. Come and spend the day with us. Bring your lawn chair and stay for the day.”

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
• Emcee: Casey Brewer
• 11 a.m.: Invocation by Steve Moore
• 11:05 a.m. to noon: The Patrick Family
• Noon to 1 p.m.: The Liberty Band
• 1 to 2 p.m.: Local Entertainers: Heather Davis, Jonathan Anderson, Ashley Powell and Josh Rice
• 2 to 3 p.m.: The Epperson Brothers & Friends
• 2 to 3 p.m.: Fireman’s Competition
• 3 to 4 p.m.: Lindsay Bowman Poteat, Vocalist
• 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Dedication Service and Flag Ceremony
• 4:30 to 5 p.m.: Combined Choirs from Second Buffalo Baptist Church
• 5 to 5:30 p.m.: Cecil Hazelwood, Vocalist
• 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Dancers from “We’ve Got Rhythm” Dance Academy
• 6 to 8 p.m.: Matt Boswell and the Hillbilly Blues Band