The Nutter Fort Fire Department with 35 firefighters, all volunteers but one, Chief Jeremy Haddix, was one of the many state departments which were part of the first responders who headed to southern West Virginia to assist with the search and rescue efforts following the recent flooding.
Chief Haddix and their Swift Water Response Team spent 48 hours straight, going from house-to-house searching for and assisting those in need.
“I spent 30 straight hours in the water,” said Haddix. “Unless you see it for yourself, you have no idea the amount of destruction. These people were like you and I – one day they had a home and family and in a matter of minutes, it was all gone. Everything gone. Some only have the clothes they were wearing to show for a lifetime.”
Pictured below is the trailer and equipment, which is always ready, for the Swift Water Response Team.
However, Haddix went on to say, “The outpouring of support has been tremendous, from all parts of West Virginia.”
The Nutter Fort fire station is one of many local places that citizens can drop off needed supplies. Below is a pickup truck of supplies donated by Mike and Sandra Lambiotte. On average, the Nutter Fort Fire Department is sending two to three trailer loads per day and has already made 1o trips to the hardest hit areas.
When asked where the supplies go, Haddix responded, “We have designated drop-off points such as churches or schools – that is, the ones that are still there. These people have no electricity, gas, or clean water. Food that does not need cooking is badly needed. We even sent 25o hand-operated can openers.”
For those wanting to make a donation, there is a large white trailer beside the fire station with parking for unloading beside the trailer. For supplies, please follow recommendations from the fire departments, Red Cross and other responding agencies.