Mayfield’s Garage & Body Shop is working to raise funds to build a mobile training center that will be donated to the Carroll County Fire Department and will help to better train local firefighters. Mayfield’s Garage & Body Shop has been fundraising since February with their Thanksgiving Day Giveaway, which has currently raised half of the needed amount to build the mobile training center.
“We’re holding a contest in which people can buy entries to win either $10,000 cash and a 5-day cruise for two people, or they can choose to win a fully restored Hummer that was featured in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park: The Lost Word,” said Cody Mayfield, owner. “You can get a single entry for just $20, or you can get a package of entries if you want to donate more.”
Mayfield also serves as a firefighter for the Carroll County Fire Department. He decided to start the contest as a way to help his fellow firefighters get the training they need in a more efficient way.
“Having a mobile training center would be a huge asset for our firefighters because it would really allow us to streamline our training efforts,” said Carroll County Fire Chief Tim Padgett. “We always want to keep our units in their zones as much as possible and they have to train while on duty, but they have to travel to our training center, which is located on Lovvorn Road in Carrollton. Logistically, it takes a lot to get our firefighters over there and to train them in a timely manner, but a mobile training center will really make a huge difference in our training efforts in that we could go to each station as needed.”
Proceeds from the contest will help build a 28-foot, 2-story trailer that will offer a number of training scenarios for CCFD firefighters.
The first story will feature a forcible door, which simulates locked doors and will help with training for faster entry during emergency situations. The second story will feature a roof simulator that firefighters can use to practice cutting for ventilation on fires. Special windows will be installed to help practice escaping from a second story. The mobile training center will also feature a tunnel for the firefighters to practice well-rescue situations.
“The training we will be able to do with this mobile training center is crucial in making sure our firefighters are fully equipped to handle any situation that may arise,” said Mayfield. “Anyone who is familiar with this kind of training knows that a mobile training center would be a gamechanger for the Carroll County Fire Department.”
“The citizens of Carroll County have always been very good to us over the years, and we hope Mayfield’s is able to raise the needed funding so that we can utilize this resource,” said Padgett. “My hat’s off to them for coming up with the idea and putting in the effort to make this happen.”
Mayfield’s Garage & Body Shop offers a wide variety of services including insurance claims, full restorations, metal fabrication and welding, mechanic services, lift kits, wheels and tires, and also 24-hour towing.
For more information on their services and updates on the Thanksgiving Day Giveaway contest, follow the Mayfield Built Facebook page here.