Local group helping firefighters get through tough times

Local group helping firefighters get through tough times

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Sunday afternoon a local organization took to the grill and smothered on the barbeque.

Their goal was to raise $6,000 all in support of local firefighters going through tough times.

The Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, a nonprofit group held a fundraiser in the style of a barbecue cook off.

It was over at Relics Art and Antique Mall on Johns Island.

Their goal is to help firefighters find other ways to deal with problems. These issues can vary from money problems, to even struggles with stress.

Team members say firefighters sometimes deal with stress long after responding to an emergency.

Mark Schrade, fire chief of St. Andrews Fire Department said, "There's a lot of stress that we take home with us and unfortunately if we don't deal with that in a positive way, it tends to build. So I do appreciate when they come to me and are asking for help and I can give them a sense of direction to send them somewhere."

Community Outreach coordinator Laura Kelley said, "We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whether it's a holiday or not."

The Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team has been around since 2009, officially becoming a nonprofit organization a year ago.

Team members of the group also told me they eventually want to be able to help every firefighter in the community. That includes full time staff, volunteer firefighters and their families.

The Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team is located at 6390 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

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