COLEMAN, Okla. (KTEN) — The Coleman Volunteer Fire Department invited residents from Johnston County to a baked potato meal and pie auction fundraiser on Sunday.

"It is imperative that we have these fundraisers so that we have operational funds for equipment," said Capt. Trevor Dean. "Fuel is a big factor this time of year with the economy."

The fire department hosts an annual fundraiser to help with general expenses. 

"Funds that are drives from events such as this, helps us purchase gear," Dean said. "Helps us purchase protective fire department for our firefighters, and we try to provide them the best we have available."

And as the department is operated by volunteers who serve their fellow Oklahomans, these fundraisers are that much more important. 

"The people that are here today want to help people. That's what they were put on this Earth to do, and I believe that on a personal level if you're not willing to help, you're not going to make a good volunteer firefighter," Dean said. "We're here for a purpose, and that's what we do."

If you weren't able to make it to this year's event, and would like to support the Coleman Fire Department, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page or via email