Firefighters support team to begin anew in North Charleston

By Ava

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) There is still work to be done before the big open house at the old Station 5 in North Charleston.

"Back in December when we were faced with losing our budget and understanding that we needed to go out on a nonprofit status," said Gerald Mishoe, who is now the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team.

Mishoe says after six years of operating under the City of Charleston's fire department, the group's funding was cut and they needed to either stop services or go in another direction.{}

"Our program began the morning after the Charleston 9 tragedy in June of 2007. It was our job initially to reach out to the fire fighters, not only in Charleston but the other fire departments that had been affected by the loss of those nine good men," said Mishoe. {}

Mishoe says because of the commitment to their cause, closing shop was not an option. So he and a team of volunteers decided to make the leap of faith and become a nonprofit that will be open in five counties surrounding the Charleston area.

"We try to take care of our firefighters and their families ahead of the bad incidents, the critical incidents, and provide preventative behavioral health care," said Mishoe.

The team will host an open house from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at their new location at 6390 Dorchester Road in North Charleston.

If you are interested in helping the foundation you can visit their website at or call 843-609-8300.

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