A rural Green Country volunteer fire department is raising money to buy important equipment.
The Black Dog Fire Department in Osage County hosted its annual Yard Sale fundraiser this weekend.
"We are tax-based but that's not enough to completely run this department," said Captain Dewayne Hall.
He and about 20 other firefighters are volunteers, meaning grants and donations fund the department.
Every year there's a yard sale and the proceeds go to Black Dog.
"People came here to have fun, to get treasures. We take the money; it goes back to the community. So, that we can help protect our community and take care of each other," said Hall.
The volunteers at Black Dog respond to all emergencies, medical or fire, in the hills of Osage County.
Many in the community said the department is a lifesaver.
"My husband has had some health issues, I've had some health problems, and they were there like that," said Cindy Ortega.
Cindy and Brett Ortega said living in a rural area sometimes mean a lack of access to emergency services.
So, having Black Dog just a few minutes away is comforting.
"You know you can rest easy at night knowing to know that they're here," said Ortega.
They said today's yard sale is Critical to helping these volunteers continue service to their community.
"Each rural area needs one of these fire volunteer departments. It's important. It's important," said Ortega.
And she said the firefighters' work is something that doesn't go unnoticed.
"There's nothing stronger than a volunteer's heart, there's nothing stronger," said Ortega.
To learn more about the Black Dog Fire Department click here.