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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department
News - May 3, 2008

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  1. Prayers and Support Needed
  2. Finding Out More about Volunteering: Informational Meeting Held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 3
  3. National Arson Awareness Week - May 4, 2008 through May 9, 2008
  4. Pumper Pledge Campaign Successful!

  • Prayers and Support Needed

    April 28: It is with deep regret that WRCVFD announces the passing of Firefighter Jim Brown earlier today in Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville. Jim was a well-known Rockwood resident, a Vietnam combat veteran, West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department firefighter, and Roane County Rescue Squad volunteer; he will be greatly missed.

    Please send your prayers for this neighbor, husband, father, and community volunteer, and for his family. For more information, contact West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department's Chaplain, Bruce Foster.

  • Finding Out More about Volunteering: Informational Meeting Held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 3

    In honor of National Volunteer Week, WRCVFD held a meeting for people interested in finding out more about volunteering here. The meeting was at 10 AM on Saturday, May 3, at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road. The meeting was a great success.

    National Volunteer Week begins on April 27, 2008 and continues until May 3, 2008. This week is used as a celebration for all those who volunteer countless hours of their lives for the greater good of their communities and also serves as a time where others also volunteer their time to help the community. If you have been considering volunteering, now would be a great time to start. More information can be found on the Opportunities page.

Arson Awareness Week 2008 Poster - Toylike Lighters - Playing with Fire
Arson Awareness Week 2008 Poster - Toylike Lighters - Playing with Fire

  • Pumper Pledge Campaign Successful! $10,463.05 in Pumper Pledges Received! WRCVFD Now Has a Chance to be Awarded $209,000 in the FEMA Competition

    Update April 25, 2008: WRCVFD is now qualified for a $209,000 FEMA Pumper Truck Grant. The people of Roane County stepped up and responded to the call for 5% matching funds, pledging a total of $10,463.05, $13.05 more than FEMA requires. Grateful thanks are due to all the generous donors!

    The West Roane community is growing and our firefighters are short of equipment too often. To help alleviate this problem, WRCVFD applied in early April 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.

    Federal fire-related funding may be drying up in future years so this application, this year, is West Roane County's best chance at securing these funds.

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

    Community support is an important factor in procuring this grant. WRCVFD needs to receive $10,450 in pumper pledges before FEMA asks to see the money. FEMA could ask at any time before the grant is awarded.

    Groups and individuals who have made pledges should send money (by Paypal or check) to WRCVFD as soon as possible. Your pledge will be specifically for this much needed apparatus and this particular grant.

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

    How to Fulfill Your Pledge

    To fulfill your pledge by postal mail: Send a letter with your name, contact information, and check 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 were mailed out last week.

    To fulfill your 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 for your pumper truck pledge, not a normal donation. You an do this by sending an email (see below):

    To notify WRCVFD by email of your pledge fulfillment: 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 pledge amount being paid.

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


    For details, contact:

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

    Thanks so much again for your interest and support. Fulfill those pledges now! Don't let this chance pass West Roane by.

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