Two firefighters from the Town of Fuquay-Varina Fire Department, on Friday (November 18th), joined other firefighters from across Wake County on a mission to help battle the wildfires in western North Carolina. Fuquay-Varina firefighters George Gerraty and Ryan Griffin, along with 50 other firefighters, departed the Wake County Emergency Management warehouse in Garner around 12:30pm headed to Lake Lure, NC. This group will replace 40, extremely tired, Wake County firefighters deployed last Saturday evening.
Today’s group will arrive at the Lake Lure Town Hall around 5:00pm, complete all of the necessary paperwork, swap out with the group headed back home, and be on the front lines by 7:00pm. They will work 12-14 hours shifts for the next 6 days; using cots and sleeping bags during their designated Rest Periods. Their primary job will be structure protection and fire line containment.
The Wake County firefighters join over 900 other firefighters from across the country battling the “Party Rock” fire in and around Lake Lure, NC. As of this morning, this fire had consumed over 6,700 acres and was only 32% contained. Although the hard work of the firefighters seems to be paying off, the NC Forestry Service is concerned that a cold front with high winds expected in the area on Saturday may make conditions worse.
Please keep our personnel and all firefighters out west in your thoughts and prayers as they battle these fires. We will post updates and pictures as the crew sends them back.