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Albany firefighters up for Oconee FD challenge

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- No matter who wins in a challenge issued to the Albany Fire Department, the community will come out better for it.

More than 100 Georgia fire departments plan to raise money for the Georgia Fire Burn Foundation's "Give Burns the Boot" campaign. The Oconee County Fire Department says it will raise more money than Albany firefighters.

Albany firefighters plan to show the north Georgia firefighters up by raising more money in a fun-filled and educational event, said fire Inspector Daniel Harden.

"They challenged us. We'll beat them. We have a fun and educational day planned with hot dogs, burgers and a barbecue cookoff," Harden said. "We'll have a bouncy house, live entertainment, face painting and other activities. All the money will go to the campaign."

The Children's Safety Education Day in the Sam's Club parking lot starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and ends at about 4 p.m. There will be plenty of firetrucks and other equipment at the event to hold everyone's interest during the day.

"The Georgia Burn Foundation is dedicated to helping burn survivors in their journey of recovery, as well as to preventing others from experiencing the traumatic event of a burn injury," said fire Inspector Gwen Jennings. "This is the foundation's primary source of fundraising. We are asking residents to help us make Dougherty County the winners in the challenge."