If you’re interested in fundraising, two huge thumbs up. My chief came to me a while back with a sob story about grants sitting the fire station un-applied for because none of the firefighters had time to sit down and write the blasted things up…so yours truly the sucker picked up the job. It’s not as intimidating as it seems, really; it’s actually amazing how much money is out there and how easy it really is. I’m taking a grants and proposals class now to get a better idea how to go after federal and state money. We bought the department new jackets and extrication gloves by standing at our town’s one stop light with fire boots; we’re looking to get equipment to outfit our new (hopefully coming soon) tender with money from a baile (a dance) and breakfast burritos. We’re co-sponsoring a kid’s basketball tournament to raise money for new computer hardware and software for our command unit. I’ve written applications that would make us a technology development pilot project, a model for mobile government services, and a national historic preservation act building (hey, whatever it takes). A local contractor is making us a new sign for our station, a local bar is donating their space for our baile, a local band is donating their services…it’s amazing what the community will kick when properly blackmailed (I mean… um… motivated by family ties).
Nerd on the Fireline