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COVID-19 has severly impacted out fundraising ability. Monthly all you can eat breakfast and our annual all you can eat pork and saurkraut dinner are a mainstay of our finances. Due to COVID restrictions, 50% of our income has been lost.
Be Part of Saving Your Community
Being a firefighter is a dangerous job, being a volunteer is even more dangerous. With limited funding or time to train, having quality, serviceable, and up to date protective equipment is even more important.
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We realize that your time is often more valuable then the monetary gifts we need. By giving a tax deductible charitable donation, you will be protecting your family and helping us to serve your community.
SPONSOR A FIREFIGHTER
Jr. Firefighters require the same safety gear as all other firefighters, but oftentimes at sizes much…
Jr. Firefighters require the same safety gear as all other firefighters, but oftentimes at sizes much smaller than adult firefighters. Although most Jr. Firefighters remain with the company, they do grow quickly.
Help us offset the cost of buying additional uniforms and safety gear for these young men and women.
Michael Brent has been a volunteer with Brecknock Township Fire Company for only a year and…
Michael Brent has been a volunteer with Brecknock Township Fire Company for only a year and has been selected as the Fire Police Lieutenant. Since the Fire Police department is small and resources limited, Michael has purchase many of the high visibility and cold weather garments needed for his own safety in order to keep our firefighters and the public safe.
Donations for Michael will go towards purchasing company branded gear that meets current NFPA guidelines.
Neil is the Fire Police Captain for Brecknock Township Fire Company. His primary focus at BTFC…
Neil is the Fire Police Captain for Brecknock Township Fire Company. His primary focus at BTFC is Fire Police and Equipment Driver. In order to be best protected while serving the community, he requires the following special equipment.
Cold Weather Hi-Viz Hat $25
Cold Weather Hi-Viz Jacket $125
Cold Weather Hi-Viz Pants $60
Cold Weather Hi-Viz Gloves $25
SUPPORT THE FIRE COMPANY
It is time to replace Engine 72. The engine is 20 year old Pierce/Freightliner with a…
It is time to replace Engine 72.
The engine is 20 year old Pierce/Freightliner with a 1000 Gallon Water Tank, 30 Gallon Class “A” Foam Tank, and a 1500GPM Hale Pump.
As you can see the cabin can only carry two firefighter which is a sever limitation considering the driver becomes the pump operator and that leaves one other firefighter during the response.
Upgrading to the 2020 KME truck will provide XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX as well as seating for 5 responders, which will improve response times and the effectiveness of the Brecknock Township Fire Company.
A contract has been signed with KME to build the new engine and we will finance a portion of the $630,000.00 cost of the truck. There will also be ancillary items needed to outfit the truck completely like radios, medical kits, and more.
We are asking our community to help us raise $63,000.00 towards the cost of the new engine. Will you join us?
Handheld Radios are the primary means of communication between our firefighters and fire police. This is…
Thank you to all of our donors, we have reached our fundraising goal and are able to make this valuable purchase.
Computers, software, and other technologies are an integral part of firefighting today. In order to provide…
Computers, software, and other technologies are an integral part of firefighting today. In order to provide timely response we rely on computers, cell phones, and iPads with GPS to get to the scene. And of course there is the office work that requires computer, printers, phones, security, camera, internet, etc. The list goes on as we are a business of volunteers.
We currently own 1 XP, 2 Vista, a one WIN10 desktop, and one WIN10 laptop. We have a multi-function printer, and a laser printer. To put it mildly, we are in need of a complete overhaul.
In leu of monetary donations we are in need of:
2 laptops either with WIN10 or Chrome OS. These will be used for monitoring and logging call responses.
Four displays greater that 22″, does not need to be high resolution but accept HDMI. Three docking stations for the laptops to the monitors.
32-45″ TV to mount in the engine room to view emergency updates.
Three WIN10 laptops. SSD would be great as would 2.3Ghz or better, and 16GB ram, in order to run the software used in creating reporting, and for programming our radios, pagers, etc.
If you have any of these items to donate please contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn More About the Need
Volunteer Numbers: A State Crisis
Does it cost too much to volunteer?
Volunteer Numbers a state crisis
their Weight In Gold
What Does It Cost YOU?
2016 Pennsylvania Loss Statistics
The Alpha Report
A summary from the Alpha Fire Company in State College PA.
PA Community Service & Volunteer Fire Departments: The Good & The Bad News.
A 2017 Report with some key findings.
What does it cost to outfit a firefighter?
There are many resources for this information, but it varies.
How much does it cost to outfit one firefighter?
It cost, on average, about $7285 to outfit one firefighter to fight a house fire in accordance with the National Fire and Protection Agency (NFPA) standards. Here is a list of the average equipment and average cost.
Fire Helmet $225
Firefighter Jacket $1000
Firefighter Pants $800
Fire Boots $200
Nomex Hood $25
Firefighting Gloves $60
2-way Radio $385
Air Pack $5000
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am not a Brecknock Resident?
While we encourage everyone to donate within their own
Can my donation be anonymous?
Yes. You can choose to remain anonymous from the public, however, know that our board will review all donations and may wish to reach out to you to give our thanks.
Is there anything else I can do to help?
We are always looking for volunteers. You can help by
- Asking others to volunteer or donate
- Attend our fundraisers and community events
- Help advertise our events
- Thank a firefighter
- Volunteer to
- Clean around the fire company
- Do light maintenance
- Do yard work
Where is my money going?
When you sponsor a Firefighter your donation is put into a general fund but our reports allow us to route your donation to the individual firefighter’s needs. The fire company will use those funds to purchase the equipment needed based on shortages of the company, and the needs of the firefighter.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Your donation will go to our 501(c3) non-profit, which is normally tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor or United States Tax Codes to be sure.