Protecting Those Who Protect Others

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Raised by 92 people in 1 month
The Town of Fond du Lac Volunteer Fire Department is requesting mutual aid to help fund the purchase of much needed personal protective equipment, specifically helmets. We are asking you to help "Protect Those who Protect Others." #PTWPO

Located in Fond du lac County, WI, our 35 volunteers serve a community of 3500 residents in a territory covering 36 square miles, without pay or stipend for training, meetings, fire or medical calls.

We provide a cadet program for young adults ages 14 to 18 to explore the fire service and help them determine if volunteer or career firefighting interests them. Cadets participate on a limited basis in training and, occasionally, on the fireground. This program has produced several career and volunteer firefighters. We also provide internships for students obtaining their fire science degrees to pursue career fire service.

It costs, on average, $6500 to properly equip a firefighter with turnout gear; coat, pants, boots, 2 sets of gloves, Nomex hood and helmet. Each firefighter, including interns and cadets, must have full and complete turnout gear in order to participate in training or an active scene.

The fire service is governed by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), which dictates, under NFPA Standard 1851 , that all turnout gear be replaced every 10 years in order to adequately protect the life and safety of a firefighter.

We currently have 40 helmets available for active members and only 3 of those meet the standard set forth in NFPA 1851.

TFDLFD has enjoyed generous support from the tax payers of our community, but an influx of new members and scheduled replacement of other aging equipment have converged, and there is no time or budget to allow for this most critical need. We are hoping we can rely on your generosity to "Protect Those who Protect Others." #PTWPO

During the past two years we have been aggressively pursuing grants and other funding sources and while enjoying modest success, the grant process is time consuming and offers no guarantee of funding.

Our immediate need is to replace helmets to comply with the NFPA standard. With the average cost of a new fire helmet at $550, we need to raise $22,000 just to replace the 40 helmets we currently have in service.

The replacements will be traditional-style fire helmets with all-new composite construction that provides state-of-the-art protection for our members while meeting the standards outlined in NFPA 1851.

Our number one priority in the fire service is personal protection followed by the protection of the life and property of our residents and the surrounding communities. Your donation will help "Protect Those who Protect Others."

In addition to our immediate need of replacing helmets to meet the NFPA standard, our self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) are nearing their service life of 15 years, and 16 units will need to be replaced in 2019.

Each SCBA averages $8500 per unit, with a spare air bottle for each.

If you are generous enough to support our mission of service to the community, know that any money collected in excess of the amount needed to become NFPA compliant with new helmets will be directed toward the replacement of SCBA or other important personal protective equipment for our current and future members.

We are asking for your assistance in getting the word out through your family, friends and social media, and for your donation in any amount to help "Protect Those who Protect Others." #PTWPO

Sincerest thanks,
Town of Fond du Lac
Firefighters & Medical Responders

If you would rather mail a donation, make checks payable to: TFDL

Please mail to: Town of Fond du Lac Fire Dept
                                  N6309 Town Line Road
                                  Fond du Lac, WI 54937
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WOW it has only been 29 days and we have almost reached the halfway point, incredible ! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated and to all those helping to spread our campaign. This world is filled with great people and this is the proof !
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Huge shout out to the Fond du Lac Reporter for a great article by Sara Razner to help spread the word. We have already reached $6500 in donations in just 20 days! What a great achievement please keep sharing our story, thanks to everyone !
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Our campaign continues to grow rapidly towards our goal, once again a big shout out to all those who have donated and shared our campaign. May the sharing and donating continue as we celebrate with our families on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from the all the firefighters from the Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department !
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Great start to reaching our goal, thanks to everyone for the donations and for spreading the word, please keep letting folks know about this very important fundraiser. Turn your donation into a special Holiday Gift, this gift will continue to deliver for years. Thanks again !!
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