Regional Volunteer Firefighting Organization Opens For Citizens To Fight Fires
The Colorado Citizens Fire Brigade is a new organization based in Denver, CO. The organization is dedicated to providing firefighting and support crew for professional firefighting departments that are fighting wildfires throughout the southwest Unites States. This is one of the only organizations which provides citizen training to become a volunteer firefighter – or a support staff for firefighters on the scene. They are self-contained, independent, yet operate on scene alongside all firefighters and support crew already on scene.
You can visit our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/wildfirevolunteer?sk=wall
You can visit our IndieGoGo Fundraising page at: http://www.indiegogo.com/wildfires?a=697244
Don't you wish that you could actually volunteer when a wildfire breaks out in your area? Instead of just donating money to an organization that has the fire as one of their projects - wouldn't it be nice if an organization was dedicated just to wildfires?
We will be the first regional volunteer fire fighting agency in the nation dedicated solely to wildfires in the southwest region of the United States.
We will train regular citizens - such as yourself - to become volunteer firefighters and support staff for wildfires and the communities affected by them.
Our teams will focus on the following areas:
Property notification of wildfires and evacuations
Support personnel for burnout operations and digout operations
Fuel removal from forest beds and surrounding areas
Private help with animal rescues during evacuations
Road closures and land closures
Food and beverage support for fire personnel
By providing these support services to the local community, and the fire departments - the professional fire teams can focus more on fighting the actual fire and the fireline - instead of all of the secondary duties required to make an operation successful.
By having more volunteers available at the start of a fire, we can reduce property loss, reduce loss of life to humans and animals, evacuate areas more quickly, and put out the fire faster!
What We Need & What You Get
This is our first round of funding - with this round of funding, we will complete the following:
~Legally register the nonprofit organization with the state of Colorado.
~Build a new website for the company
~Find a location in which we can headquarter, expand, and store materials and equipment as needed
~Register a new phone
~Setup our basic office
People that donate will be able to help with the following:
~Design aspects of the website - including live alerts of fires and evacuations, memberships and newsletter design, and more.
~Location - HELP US FIND A HOME! We need to find a location where we can answer phones, store fire equipment (coats, pants, suits, maybe a few vehicles)
Once we have our first round of funding complete, and we are setup - we will begin accepting donations to expand and begin training of citizens to become volunteer firefighters. We would like to donate to local fire stations for them to provide the training for our organization.
We will approach all local and regional fire departments and open training in multiple locations, multiple times per year - to meet citizen needs.
Other Ways You Can Help
We will be accepting material and equipment donations in a very short time. When we begin accepting these donations, we will be looking for the following:
~Fire equipment - including but not limited to suits, helmets, axes, chainsaws, boots, gloves, masks, oxygen tanks, breathers, re-breathers, etc.
~Vehicles - The larger the vehicle, and the better gas mileage, the better. We will provide transportation to and from the fires for the volunteers fighting the fires. We will also provide local pickup points in local towns to reduce travel times for each citizen.
~Office Equipment - We would much rather furnish our office with donated items instead of spending donations on furniture! If you have a desk, newer computer, printer, calendar - anything that you think may help in a fire chief's office - please let us know!
Support Equipment - Tables, cups, plates, silverware, napkins, non-perishable food items, unopened baby wipes, coffee and tea dispensers, caution tape, orange construction cones, emergency vehicle lights (flashing lights to place on a vehicle, preferably magnetic)
IF WE REACH OUR GOAL EARLY - We will find a location asap - have our office setup asap, get our website live within 7 days - and begin our second round of funding - OUR GOAL IS TO BE LIVE AND START TRAINING BY AUGUST 1ST!
IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR GOAL - This money will go directly into finding volunteers, and singing up members for training. The faster we have volunteers - the faster we can fight fires!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, IDEAS, OR WAYS TO HELP US - PLEASE EMAIL US ASAP - [email protected]
If you are a company or individual interested in making an anonymous donation, please contact us at [email protected]
Colorado Citizens Fire Brigade