The Laflin Fire Department mailed it’s yearly fund drive letter Friday 1/30/15. The department desperately needs financial help! A copy of the letter is below:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are again asking for your help with our yearly fund drive.
The Laflin Volunteer Fire Department provides you with fire protection and rescue services 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The volunteers of the Laflin Fire Dept. responded to 230 fire, rescue and public service calls in 2014, the busiest year in our history. In December 2014 we had our busiest month ever, responding to 34 alarms. The volunteers also gave countless hours for fundraising, attending meetings and training.
Thanks to those residents who donated to our past drives.
In the past 2 years, the Laflin Fire Department has incurred significant debt to purchase our new Chevy Tahoe Quick Response Unit in 2014 and to replace our 1992 Engine with our KME Rescue Pumper. In 2014 we also added a Haul mark Trailer filled with large quantities of oil dry and absorbent pads, many gas and electric pumps, generators, brush fire gear, and much more. This unit can be hauled to any large scale incident by our QRS unit giving the volunteers easy access to needed equipment.
Last year the Fund Drive grossed $18,250 with a goal of $25,000. Our annual budget exceeds $40,000, insurance alone is over $9,000 yearly and our payments for our 2 new vehicles are over $20,000 yearly. We received a $21,000 Federal Grant last year for 10 sets of coats and pants; we apply for every grant available to keep the cost of fire protection as low as possible. The cost of fire equipment has sky rocketed, it costs over $8000.00 to outfit 1 fireman with a coat, pants, a helmet, gloves and an air pack.
The department operates almost solely on your donations!
Please visit us at www.laflinfire.com and on Facebook for much more information on your fire department, Included there is contact information, information on our members and equipment, call info, and year in review videos of our activity.
In order for us to be able to provide you and your loved ones with the services you deserve, we need your financial support. We are asking each family and business to make a tax deductible contribution of $55.00 per family and $150.00 per business. If you can give more, we would be deeply grateful.
Please consider your donation today.
“Today we need your help. Tomorrow you may need ours! “
Thank you for your generosity,
Members of the
Laflin Volunteer Fire Dept.