Very often, when I am in discussions or interviews with other firefighters, one can be sure that he/she will hear the title words of this post. Sure, we do a lot of crazy and dangerous stuff and we see scenes that could make the biggest director in Hollywood, puke! Nevertheless, we push those images aside and say, "It's who we are and what we do."
Here at 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., we use that phrase as well, as we explain what our singular aim is, to provide immediate financial assistance to our Brothers and Sisters, and/or their families, when in dire need.
Since we launched our nonprofit, we have disbursed over $3,000. While we have assisted three small volunteer departments, the vast majority of our payments went to the families of Brothers and Sisters who either were seriously injured or made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Every disbursement is accompanied by a hand-written note to the family. For on this job, those families are our families, as well.
The majority of our funds have been generated by our webinars. We had a very successful one last month and we have two more planned for late summer (Building Construction & Sprinkler Systems) and late fall (Volunteers: Retention & Recruitment).
However, as you can see, there is a fair amount of time between these webinars, but our Brothers and Sisters often cannot wait for us to have a webinar so that we can provide financial assistance to them. To put it bluntly, we need your help!
We set a goal for 2022, to raise $12,000 for our Foundation. It is the first item you see on our website. And we make so very easy for you to make a donation. One our homepage of this website, you will see a photo of a Federal Signal Q2B siren. Just click on the photo and our Donation Page will pop-up. We are pleased to have the EFT Corporation of Virginia assisting us for all donations. The donation page is encrypted and your privacy is fully guarded.
On the Donation Page, you are able to choose the destination of your donation, either to our Operating account (pays for our day-to-day operations of any office) or to our Foundation Account (the fund of which are used ONLY to assist our fellow firefighters and/or their families. You are also able to make a one-time, monthly or yearly donation. And, you can use any credit or debit card, as well as an EFT transfer or even an electronic check.
Though you will probably never see us "trending" on social media, we have nearly 6,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, with hundreds more on Facebook and Linked In. Now, if only half of that number made a $5.00 donation, that would generate $15,000 for our Foundation.
We ask you, Heaven forbid, if you or someone in your firefighting family was lost, severely ill, etc., would you not find some comfort knowing that 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., is ready and willing to provide financial assistance?
Thank you for following us, visiting our website and following us on social media. You cannot understand how much all of you mean to us.
Stay Safe and God Bless.
Founder & President of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. and Creator & Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.