Some local firefighters are putting down the hoses and stepping into the kitchen.
Over 1,000 barbecued chicken halves were served to the public Sunday afternoon at the Newton Township Fire Department’s annual event.
"I love having them in our house, in their house, they paid for it, and it’s nice to have them come in and talk to us, hopefully this is when we see them and not when their house is on fire or when they’re sick," said Fire Chief Allen Deaver of the Newton Township Fire Department.
The station use to be completely volunteer, but as of last year, they are now a part-time fire department. The firefighters work at the station from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and respond to calls from their homes after that.
"It’s changed things more for the community, than for the fire department, we can be at a call– before when we were coming from home, it would take us four or five minutes to get to the station, but now in that four or five minutes we’ll be on the scene," said the Fire Chief.
Deaver says they expect to make about $2,000 from the barbecue. All of the proceeds will go directly to the fire department’s general operating budget.