Mount Ida, Arkansas, December 3, 2013: Bill Barnes, Chief of the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department announced today that the Holiday Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Fundraiser held over the holiday weekend was the most successful the department had ever experienced.
“We would like to thank the generous members of the Mount Ida and Joplin community who turned out in record numbers to support our department”, Chief Barnes stated. “Thanks to the efforts of all of the volunteers who worked so hard to set up for the event and prepare the food and the generous donations of our friends in the community, our department was able to raise over $15,000!”
“The funds will be used to pay for the equipment, fuel and supplies that allow the department to serve the community, as well as building expenses and insurance. The Joplin Volunteer Fire Department operates 13 land fire apparatus and 5 fire boats.”
This past year the department responded to 68 land and water medical emergencies and fires.