SLAUGHTERVILLE — Spaghetti is on the menu in Slaughterville during the annual Slaugherville Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary’s annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, complete with salad, bread sticks, drink and dessert. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station No. 3, 10701 Highway 77.
Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children under 4. Tickets will be available at the door. The event features live music, door prizes and an auction at 7 p.m., complete with prizes donated by Slaughterville, Noble and Norman area businesses.
Sandy Thompson, auxiliary president for more than 20 years, said the auxiliary exists to support the fire department in various ways by providing food and drinks at fire scene rehabilitation and at training sessions. The group hosts two fundraisers annually to help purchase items for the department.
“The fire department is like one big, extended family, and it’s a blessing to be a part of it,” Thompson said. “We frequently have members of the community asking how they can help and the dinner gave them an opportunity to be a part of that. It not only helps raise funds, but we have found that it is a great way for the community to come together in a supportive way, as well as meet the firefighters and their other neighbors that they might not have an opportunity to meet otherwise.”
David Thompson, Slaughterville fire chief of four years, said the Ladies Auxiliary saved funds from previous fundraisers until they could purchase a fire safety house, which is an inflatable house without a floor. The firefighters use the transportable inflatable to educate the community about fire safety.
Since October is fire safety month, Slaughterville firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary members will take the fire safety house to Hubbard Elementary in Noble on Oct. 18 and later to the Noble Assembly of God to teach adults and children about fire safety. Children can enter the inflatable, climb up some steps and go out windows and doors so they know what to do in case of a fire.
“Our ladies are really great,” Chief Thompson said. “The Ladies Auxiliary bought the fire safety house and a trailer, and they don’t mind if other departments in the county borrow it. So far, Lexington and Noble also have plans to use the fire safety house for educational purposes.
“Our firefighters love going to the schools and the kids enjoy seeing the firefighters and the trucks and equipment. This is a very nice tool to provide public safety. The younger we can get to them, the more they know about fire safety.”
Thompson said the relationship between the Ladies Auxiliary and the fire department is a joint effort.
“They work very, very hard at what they do and we work very, very hard at what we do,” Chief Thompson said. “We couldn’t do this job without them (the auxiliary). They work behind the scenes. They are silent people who do so, so much for us.”
Together, members of the fire department and Ladies Auxiliary identify department needs so they can purchase equipment or supplies to help the all-volunteer department of 24 firefighters do their job to protect the community and provide education.
If weather permits the evening of the spaghetti dinner, the fire safety house will be up, said Marsha Blair, Slaughterville town administrator.
The cost of the inflatable and the trailer to pull it was $16,000. Blair said it took five years to raise the funds. Prior to the fire safety house, the auxiliary purchased a Ranger Polaris in 2012 to aid firefighters in their work.
“Having the fire safety house will benefit the entire community by providing a new and interesting way of teaching fire prevention and safety to children in our area,” Blair said. “Slaughterville’s fire prevention program is designed to increase awareness to prevent future fires and their related injuries, death and property damage.”
The Hampton-Noble Masonic Lodge No. 291 will partner again with the Slaughterville Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary and applying for matching funds through the Masonic Charity Foundation.
DeWayne Tolson, Hampton-Noble lodge secretary and Slaughterville volunteer firefighter, said Masons will be on hand to help serve at the dinner.
Funds raised will go toward future purchases of equipment needed for the department and items needed for educational purposes.