CHARLESTON, W.V.a. -- Teamwork has flair at area water distribution sites.
There are people on hand to direct traffic, load cases of water into vehicles, and unload incoming supplies. They volunteer for long hours and then head off to other jobs or to deal with their own water problems at home.
A peek behind the scenes at the Belle Volunteer Fire Department revealed a smooth running site with people throughout the community lending a helping hand.
"The great thing is everyone works together," said Charlie Bolen, pastor of Judson Baptist Church. "Nobody cares who gets the credit. People are trying to help their neighbors in a time of crisis."
A Bible study is at the church 7 p.m. every Wednesday and last night's theme was "Living Water."
Fire Chief Christopher Fletcher said throughout the water crisis help has arrived on a steady basis. Volunteers passing out water have ranged from volunteer firefighters to area residents and even some kids.
"We have had no less than 10 people here every day since last Thursday," he said.
Local businesses have provided resources such as forklifts to unload tractor-trailers laden with water. Law enforcement officials have directed traffic. Belle Mayor Buck Chestnut helped pass out water and his wife sent food.
The department's volunteer firefighters have juggled regular jobs with helping with water distribution.
"Some people took time off work," Fletcher said. "Some guys are retired and some people brought kids. We've had a lot of help."
J.R. Fidler is assistant chief of the Belle Volunteer Fire Department and an employee of the South Charleston Fire Department. He was at the Belle site Wednesday when he was passing out water with his family, including wife, Jessica, a flight nurse with HealthNet, and their daughters, Brooklyn, 8, and Addisyn, 4.
J.R.'s brother, Dayle Fidler, has also been volunteering while not performing his duties as director at Fidler & Frame Funeral Home.
The Fidler family noted that volunteers have been well-fed thanks to Chick-fil-A, the Belle Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and other folks throughout the community.
"We've been blessed," said Jessica, who added the experience has taught the children the value of community service.
J.R. estimated more than 200,000 bottles of water have been distributed since the site opened and a steady stream of volunteers has simply shown up to make that happen.
Around lunchtime on Wednesday, some ladies arrived with hot dogs and all the trimmings.
Belle resident Terra Muncy, who organized the food delivery, said she simply mentioned the plan and people throughout the area stepped up to the plate with donations. The local 7-Eleven donated hot dogs while the Mator's Kids Foundation gave buns. Muncy already had things on hand at home to make the chili and slaw.
She said the people in Belle take care of each other and appreciate the Belle volunteer firefighters.
"These people take good care of us," she said
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1246.