"The community really rallied behind us," CCSR Assistant Chief T.J. Modesitt told The Brazil Times. "It was announced to local emergency departments at 9 a.m., when Clay County E911 conducted its test of emergency tones for all departments. We are excited to return to service, not only for local residents but to be able to provide assistance and support to other emergency agencies."
Within a few hours of returning to service, according to Modesitt, the department was toned to provide assistance at an accident scene on Lower Bloomington Road.
"We were later disregarded while on route, but it sure felt good to be back on the job," Modesitt said.
Modesitt said the department was able to return to service so soon because enough funds was raised to cover necessary $2,500 insurance premiums, however the fundraising efforts continue.
Currently the department has cut utility costs by shutting off water to the department's base of operation on National Avenue, Brazil.
"We are still low on funds necessary for the basics, like utilities and the expenses for daily operation," Modesitt said. "We will continue our fundraising efforts throughout 2011. Another insurance payment is due in June, but we feel confident that with community support we should be able to make this payment."
Amid the winter rain and cold temperatures Saturday, CCSR members collected approximately $900 in donations at Pages Market and at the intersection of State Road 42 and State Road 59.
"Words cannot explain how much the support of the community means to the department," Modesitt said. "We would also like to thank Pages (and the many other businesses) for their support and to everyone who has donated."
Collection jars will remain at surrounding businesses and donations can be made at the Riddell National Bank and Harris Bank on behalf of the department. Donations can also be sent to the department's address, 525 East National Ave., Brazil, or given to CCSR Board Members, including Modesitt, Chief Dave Watson, Captain Derek Eaglin, Lieutenant Terry Eaglin and Safety Officer Brandon Sciotto.
"We are back in service, but we're not out of hot water yet," Modesitt said. "We are still in need of funds to continue operation."