Fire Department Fund Drive Underway
Wintergreen Fire Department is in need of new Attack Trucks. These trucks are our first line of defense when forest fires break out. Nelson County has offered to help in the purchase of these two trucks in the form of a matching grant.
The new trucks will replace our 1997 Humvee® and a 2002 Ford F350. Each of the new trucks, one in the valley, the other stationed on the mountain, can carry 400 gallons of water and will have foam capabilities.
This 80 percent matching grant from Nelson County is a great opportunity for our community. The total cost is $264,000. We need to raise $66,000.
Please help us take advantage of this offer from the county by donating to the 2018 Fire Department Capital Fund. No gift is too small.
Other capital needs include:
• We still owe $200,000 on Tanker 2. We have made signifiant progress in paying down the loan thanks to the community's donations.
• There are some 3,600 feet of 4-inch supply hose that connects the hydrants to our trucks that is ten-years-old. Based on the age of the hose, it has to be replaced according to fire standards. At $7 a foot, the cost will exceed $25,000.
• Because our manpower is limited, we seek out equipment that will help us better attack fires with fewer people. Special nozzles called a Blitzfire monitor can be directed at a fire when left in place on the ground. This can allow for an additional large water stream on a fire without an additional person. The fire department aspires to purchase one for both Engine One and Engine Two.
Want to write a check?
Mail it to:
Wintergreen Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 711
Wintergreen, VA 22958-0711
The Wintergreen Volunteer Fire Department is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dependent upon contributions.
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