Whether they’re on vacation, a lifelong Sussex Countian or a transplant, if and when the time comes when someone needs emergency/medical assistance in and around Millville, Ocean View and Clarksville, chances are the Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be on the scene, just as they have been since 1936.
The MVFC provides emergency medical services for those communities and other unincorporated areas and developments within their fire district. They operate a fleet of three ambulances, as well as the fire apparatus, staffed by nine full-time career employees, several part-time employees and more than 80 dedicated volunteers. According to their Web site, in June they responded to 43 fire calls and 80 EMS calls. In the first few days of July, calls have included two vehicle accidents and two gas leaks.
In addition, they also have an 18-member dive team that has completed various certification levels in SCUBA diving and that assists in water-related emergencies, such as drownings, “vessels in distress” and boating accidents.
All of this is done with funding from state, county and local resources, as well as in-house fundraisers, such as their annual all-you-can-eat chicken dinner, which will be held this year on Saturday, July 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. at its main station on Route 26 across from the Fat Tuna.
Bob Powell, public information officer of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, said that – although the chicken dinners were popular many years ago and they were serving upwards of 3,000 people at their June, July and August dinners – they were scarce for a few years. They started bringing them back last year, as a way to raise funds, as well as serve some good homemade dishes.
“Obviously, we depend on fundraising, plus the state, county and local contributions,” he said.
The dinner includes their fried chicken, which Powell contends is the “best chicken around,” homemade potato salad, coleslaw, cucumbers and onions, green beans, rolls and iced tea. The sides are all prepared by members of the Ladies Auxiliary and some of the members.
“It is delicious,” declared Powell.
Seating is available in the bay of Engine No. 1, and the atmosphere is informal. There is no air-conditioning in the bay, so carry-out is available for those that wish to enjoy their meals at home.
The dinners cost $12 for those ages 13 or older and $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 or younger can eat for free. Carryout is available for $12 per serving.