PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Randus Ayres cuts hair for a living. His salon is located just down the street from Fire Station #4 in Petersburg. When he heard his local first responders could be at risk with old, outdated fire equipment, he knew something had to be done.
“They are here for us,” said Ayres, “and the smallest thing we can do is try and help them and save their lives.”
Earlier this month, we told you about the new equipment that was repossessed. It was meant to help firefighters navigate through smoky environments. The equipment they are left with is over a decade old.
“As a city we need to come together to help to get these apparatuses for them,” said Ayres.
To do that, Ayres turned to crowd funding. He started a campaign to try and raise the $300,000 needed to get the gear back.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support from locals and people outside of the city,” said Ayers. “A lot of support from the fire department themselves, they came down and thanked us,” said Ayres.
Ayers didn’t stop at just collecting for the new gear. He is also collecting household goods like laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet paper. All things the city has stopped buying for the fire houses.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support from locals and people outside of the city.” — Randus Ayres
Ayers says he just wants to help.
“At the end of the day we’re a city and we’re a community and we need to stick together to do this. So if one person falls, we need to come right back behind them and pick them up. If we can afford to buy these things why not. They shouldn’t have to go in their pockets and pay for these things that they are helping us with,” said Ayres.
If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page Click Here.
If you would like to donate goods for the fire house you can drop them off at Classics Barbershop and Hair Studio. Their address is posted below.