The Center Hill Community Development Club held its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 16.

Secretary Cathy Clearman called the meeting to order and welcomed all those present. The Rev. Wallace Terry presented the evening’s devotion and opening prayer. He read a selection from Our Daily Bread entitled “A Lesson From the Oak Tree”.

Terry asked the blessing, and refreshments were served by hostesses Dot Doerner and Robin Doerner.

Robin Doerner introduced the speaker for the evening, Stanley Lucky, fire chief of the Bailey Volunteer Fire Department, who spoke on the subject of fire safety. He pointed out that there is currently a burn ban in Lauderdale County. He said that the department had been called to numerous brush fires, one of which destroyed a mobile home. He said that apparently some people do not realize the danger of burning anything when it is so dry.

Lucky gave some general safety rules such as having smoke detectors in every home. It is important to regularly check them to assure they are in good working order by changing the battery when the time changes twice a year. In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors are important to anyone who uses gas or wood to heat their homes.

He also warned everyone to take extreme care with space heaters or any heat source and not let combustible items get too close as a fire can erupt at any time.

He noted that all potential fire department personnel must fill out applications and a background check is performed. When it comes to training, the Bailey Volunteer Fire Department has weekly training sessions at the department.

After a short question-and-answer period, Lucky closed his presentation by saying that the firefighters of the Bailey VFD are dedicated, well trained and truly care about their community.

After committee reports were given, old and new business dispensed with, the meeting was adjourned with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanley Lucky.

— Report submitted by Cathy Clearman

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