10/15/09

Fund Drive 2009


One of our main fundraising activities is our annual Fund Drive that is sent out to all residents in our primary response area. Last year the support was fantastic even though the economy was already experiencing a down turn. This year our Fund Drive was mailed out on the 13th of October. One of the cornerstones of the Fund Drive is the chief's letter that introduces the fire company to the residents and provides an annual update on our activities. To a view the Fund Drive letter as a PDF please click here.

If you are outside our primary response area and would like to make a donation to the Fund Drive please send a check to Clinton Fire Department, P.O. Box 5062, Clinton, NJ, 08809 and write Fund Drive in the memo line. Our volunteers appreciate all the support that we get from the public.

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Chief's letter 2009

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for your supporting your volunteers in 2008!

Much like last year we are still experiencing an economic slowdown and we appreciate any donation that you, our neighbors, are able to make to support your volunteer fire department. I want to ensure you that 100% of your tax deductible donation goes towards funding your department’s operations - training, apparatus maintenance, purchasing new gear and specialized fire suppression equipment.

For those of you new to the area, our membership is 100% unpaid volunteers who respond when their pagers go off. Every year our call volume increases and last year we responded to a record 296 calls for help – flooding, false alarms, major structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, brush fires, medivac landings and minor incidents.

2009 has been even busier than 2008 and in August our town had two major flooding incidents with our department responding to a record 62 calls. While responding to flood calls our members were also dealing with the fact that our Station had flooded. Although we all worked very hard to minimize the damage, our fire station sustained almost $30,000 in flood damages!

Membership continues to be a challenge for us due to the high costs of living in this area; strict training requirements; population mobility and distant employment. I’d appreciate it if you would join your fire department family by completing the Membership Application Request form.

You can now follow your fire department’s activities on our:
Facebook by searching for: “Clinton Fire Department

The Clinton Fire Department has an open door policy and our neighbors are always welcome to stop in. Monday nights (6-7pm) is the best time to visit, and you can always ask for more information at one of the Town social events… CFD Halloween open house, Haunted mill, Town picnic or Christmas parade.

You can count on your fire department to be there for you and your loved ones in any emergency situation! Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season and all the best for 2010.

Thank you for your continued support,

Chief Scott Wintermute

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