December 14, 2023
In the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that wreaked havoc across Tennessee, the FDC team sprang into action, departing Rockford hours after the first reports came in.
To deploy a cutting-edge Rosenbauer fire truck, generously stocked in collaboration with Rosenbauer America and several organizations, with essential supplies and medical resources aimed at providing immediate relief.
Saturday’s tornadoes left a path of destruction spanning over 40 miles. They claimed six lives. Hundreds of homes and businesses were left in ruins. Nearly 20,000 homes were still without power by Monday.
Founder Luke Schneider, Director of Brand Relations Randy James, and Administrative Assistant Lucson Schneider wasted no time. Driving more than eight hours, they arrived in Hendersonville on Sunday evening, equipped with the fully loaded Rosenbauer fire truck and a Toyota pickup for enhanced mobility.
En route, they coordinated with Walmart Disaster Response and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), to ensure efficient plans for assistance.
The team started at the TBN parking lot in Hendersonville on Monday morning before heading to Clarksville, where the damage was even greater. Witnessing mobile homes reduced to rubble and homes stripped of their walls, the gravity of the situation spurred our team into overdrive.
On the way to the Clarksville Walmart, they stopped to brew fresh coffee for linemen working long hours to restore power. Afterwards, the FDC team parked the Rosenbauer fire truck at the Clarksville Walmart and collaborated with Walmart to distribute water to those in need.
A visit to the Clarksville Fire Department allowed our team to express gratitude for their relentless efforts during the relief mission, providing them with coffee, Instant Coffee Protein Powder, and other items.
By Wednesday, the FDC team began their journey back to Rockford, concluding a brief yet impactful trip to Tennessee. This experience not only allowed us to contribute to a major relief effort but also provided valuable insights for optimizing the Rosenbauer fire truck for future responses.
The Tennessee relief mission was not just about physical assistance. It was about stepping up to support communities in their time of need and collaborating with like-minded groups to help wherever we could.
As Tennessee begins the arduous journey of recovery, we extend our heartfelt support to those most affected, acknowledging that healing will take time. The FDC team remains committed to making a difference in the face of disaster, one mobilized fire truck at a time.
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