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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department
News - April 9, 2008

WRCVFD hopes to receive a grant for a pumper truck from FEMA
WRCVFD hopes to receive a
grant for a pumper truck
from FEMA;
Send a Pumper Pledge Now!


  1. Help Get a $209,000 Pumper Truck Grant - Pledge NOW
  2. WRCVFD Passed Over for 2008 USSTC Operation Ranger Grant; Will Try Again in December
  3. Boot Drive for Autism - April 12, 2008
  4. WRCVFD Newsletter To Be Sent Out This Week

  • Help Get a $209,000 Pumper Truck Grant - Pledge NOW - $10,450 in Pumper Pledges Needed

    Update April 9, 2008: The people of Roane County are presented with an immediate opportunity, but must act quickly.

    The West Roane community is growing and our firefighters are short of equipment too often. To help alleviate this problem, WRCVFD just applied for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to purchase a much-needed new PUMPER TRUCK. West Roane could receive as much as $209,000. [It was reported earlier that the grant application was for only $200,000; this figure has since been corrected.] The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is a matching grant; WRCVFD must pay 5% of the total cost of the equipment.

    The grant application was was sent in on time by April 4, 2008. Also, federal fire-related funding may be drying up in future years so this application, this week, is West Roane County's best chance at securing these funds.

    $10,463.05 pumper pledges out of $10,450 goal
    Pumper Pledge Progress

    WRCVFD has been advised that the grant application will be much more attractive to FEMA if it includes a list of corporate and organizational pledges. (Individual pledges are good too!) This is why WRCVFD is soliciting pledges from the community for this specific purpose. Community support is an important factor in procuring this grant. WRCVFD hopes to receive $10,450 in pumper pledges before the grant application is due.

    Groups and individuals making pledges should send money (by Paypal or check) now, not later as earlier reported. Your pledge will be specifically for this much needed apparatus and this particular grant.UPDATE: Apparently $10,000 in Pumper Pledges is a requirement for the grant, not just a help.

    If you could possibly make a pledge to support this effort, it would be most appreciated.

    How to Pledge

    To pledge by postal mail: Send a letter with the above information to WRCVFD, P.O. Box 417, Rockwood, TN 37854.

    Note that this special pledge would be in addition to your regular Spring Donation; the WRCVFD Spring Mail-out Request for Donations will be mailed out soon.

    To pledge by credit card or Paypal, click on the Donate button at the top of this page. Make sure you let WRCVFD know that the donation is a pumper truck pledge, not a normal donation. You an do this by sending an email (see below):

    To notify WRCVFD by email of your intent to pledge: Send email to pumperpledge@westroane.com with the following information:

    • name of the pledging company, organization, group, person, or even Sunday School or other religious or school class
    • postal address
    • phone
    • contact person
    • contact email
    • and the amount pledged.

    Please let us know if you want a refund in the case this grant does not go through. Otherwise pledges will be saved for the next grant application.


    For details, contact:

    • Chief Redwine - westroane @ comcast.net
    • Charlie Mead 354-1993 - mead136 @ msn.com
    • Chris 354-1500 - Webmaster@WestRoane.com

    Thanks for your interest and support. Don't let this chance pass West Roane by.

  • WRCVFD Passed Over for 2008 USSTC Operation Ranger Grant; Will Try Again in December

    Update April 9, 2008: The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) has a generous yearly grant program, Operation Ranger. For 2008, USSTC hopes to award at least 60 Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicles to deserving organizations.

    WRCVFD learned about this outstanding corporate program from the December 5, 2007 newsletter of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in mid-December 2007, just in time for the December 28 Operation Ranger 2008 application deadline. Many WRCVFD volunteers helped gather and prepare data for the 21-page application, which was mailed in time despite the holiday season.

    As part of the fact-finding process one volunteer wrote a map analysis program in PHP and Microsoft Excel that determined the extent of forest and grassland cover in the Department's fire district using data from the United States Geological Service (USGS): 69% forest, 21% grassland (including hay fields), and 10% roads and other built-up, non-forest, non-grassland areas.

    WRCVFD had at least 33 incidents in 2005-2007 in which a capable off-road utility vehicle would have been very helpful, including search and rescue operations, brushfires (wildland fires), and one structure fire.

    If the grant application had been accepted, WRCVFD had planned to use the Polaris primarily for firefighting and search and rescue service calls. The Polaris Ranger 6x6 2008 is well-suited for these uses, since it has a top speed of 44 mph, a payload of 1750 pounds, on-demand true 6-wheel drive, independent center suspension, seating for 3, 7.2-inch ground clearance, and a 1-ton towing capacity.

    West Roane has been advised by expert grants consultant Kurt Bradley that having a professional-quality 5- to 10-minute video to accompany the application would greatly increase our chances. Volunteers are taking steps to make such a video in time for the next round of applications in December. Bradley's services are provided as a public service by Chief Grants.

  • Boot Drive for Autism - April 12, 2008

    FireFighter of the Year Dvorak is organizing a Boot Drive in support for a cure and treatment of autism. The event will take place at the Rocky Top intersection of Gateway and Rockwood Street on Saturday, April 12, at 8:30 AM. Meet at Station No. 1 at 7:30 AM. Call 931-230-5673 for details.

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