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Firefighters thankful for donations, volunteers reevaluate needs

The Fairview Fire Department on Friday. It's become a hub for donations for wildfire firefighters. Crews have expressed sincere thanks for the support and donations from the community, but some departments are experiencing a good problem: So many people have donated, some departments have too much stuff. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Firefighters have expressed sincere thanks for the support and donations from the community, but some departments are experiencing a good problem: So many people have donated, some departments have too much stuff.

The Fairview Fire Department is a hub for donations. A volunteer there recommended people wait until after the weekend so they have a chance to reevaluate what they might still need.

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In the meantime, if you have already bought something, they will happily accept any donation.

Barry Doyle brought two carloads all the way from Raleigh. Doyle said somebody in the area asked him to help out. When somebody asks Barry Doyle for help, they get help.

"That's right," he said.

He's been helping firefighters since an ice storm in the '90s.

"It feels really good to be able to help out, and so it works really well for us," he said.

In Fairview, donations came every couple of minutes. Everybody on hand helped accept the donations.

"We appreciate you for what you do," Battalion Chief Steve Lytle said.

The firefighters can't say 'Thank you' enough.

"We're extremely grateful. The guys on the lines are extremely grateful," Lytle said.

Good help is hard to find. State Representative John Ager was on hand bringing donations in. They have so much stuff, they're already putting some into storage.

"I would wait a couple days and see what they're short of. This is going to be a long-term firefighting effort, so everything will be used. One thing we do need is cold weather gear," Ager said.

If you have it, feel free to bring it. Otherwise, they wouldn't mind a chance to figure out what they need.

The NC Forest Service says another way to help is to donate money to a volunteer fire department.

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