Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department Wins August’s Giveaway

Fort Collins, CO — C & S Supply is giving away free, brand new, firefighting equipment to volunteer fire departments. Their Helping Hands program gives the winning department $900 of credit to buy new firefighting equipment. The best part; the winning department can select exactly what they need from the wide range of products that C & S Supply carries. 

Frenchport, a small 100% Volunteer Fire Department, received the most Likes on the Helping Hands Facebook page this past August. The Frenchport VFD, located in South Arkansas, covers 50 square miles and is responsible for the protection of about 450 people and commercial properties. “We run the department on around $12,000 a year in state funding,” according to Lieutenant Tate Chanler. “We recently discovered that we did not have any 2 1/2 inch nozzles and it will be difficult to buy any.” (Click here to see photos of the Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department and their mascot K.J.)  

Helping Hands starts when a volunteer fire department shares their story on the C & S Supply Facebook page. The department with the most “Likes” wins that month’s giveaway. Next, they get to “go shopping” on the C & S Supply website, selecting items that meet their specific need.  

“A department can help themselves out with a $900 budget.” According to Chris Wills, Sales and Marketing Director for C & S Supply and a former volunteer firefighter, that was part of the plan. “Rather then sending them any nozzle, we wanted to make sure they received exactly the right product to fit their unique need. The winner gets to chose what works best for them.” Frenchport VFD selected the Blue Devil Select Gallonage 2 1/2” nozzle.   

C & S Supply’s founder, Sherman (Sherm) Stark was a volunteer firefighter and committed to helping other volunteers. Helping Hands fulfills on Sherm’s promise to support the volunteers in all communities. 

If you know of a volunteer fire department in need, follow the Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department’s example and nominate them for the Helping Hands program.  

For more information go to: or call 970-663-4966 

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