While I didn't get to meet the men and women personally (detailed out of my house that day) I came back my next work day to a brand new Ventmaster rotarty saw and assorted hand tools that were donated to us, things that the city of Detroit would NEVER have purchased for us. The saw is something that we have needed since I transferred to Ladder 26. The hand tools and saw will make our jobs much easier as well. I cant thank them enough for the hard work and dedication to helping complete strangers. Thanks again!
City of Detroit
The Endowment Fund stopped in Detroit with donations for our department. The most courteous and selfless people I have ever met! They took their own time to raise money for equipemnt, purchase equipment, and then hand deliver it to us on the front lines. They actually thanked US for our service, when they were there to help us in the first place. It was a phenomenal experience and I personally thank all of the volunteers, seen or not, that we're involved in the project. Thanks!,,,
I am very proud to have an affiliation (rank of Captain) with the National Firefighters Endowment. In a time where budget cuts are putting fire departments across our country in precarious fiscal and operating situations, the NFE has become a option to all of us who serve to protect others, as a viable solution in obtaining funding assistance for equipment needed which helps us to provide the kind of services the public can and should expect from us. In today's economic climate, where grant money is becoming increasingly difficult to secure, it's a awesome feeling to know that an organization like the National Firefighters Endowment is willing to offer assistance when it's most desperately needed.
The NFE goes to show that the brotherhood within the fire service is alive and well. This organization brings together fire service members and supporters from around the country and allows us to help those of us that are in need. Not only do we help departments out with their needs, but we have a direct input into who gets the donations and in most cases a representative makes the presentation directly. Of all of the organizations I belong to I find this one to be one of the best organized and most focus driven. We know our mission and we execute it well.
I am fortunate to be a member of fire departments whose needs do not go unmet. As such I began looking for a way to give back to a brotherhood that has given so much to me. I found the NFE and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of something great. This is one payment that I do not hesitate to make or dread paying. I know that the funds that are raised are going directly to where they are needed and they are making an immediate impact to help struggling departments. I do not know of any other organization out there that does so much for the fire service regardless of location, size or makeup of personnel. I am honored to be a small part of such a grand organization, and am very proud when speaking to colleagues about what this organization does and how they can be a part of it.
The National Firefighters Endowment is living proof that a group of focused individuals that may not know each other personally, but only share a common interest/passion, is able to truly make a difference! It doesn't matter of your from a town of 50 people, or a city with 100,000, the NFE is dedicated to serving those who otherwise would not have funds to take care of their own. With today's economy and public service budgets on the chopping block, the NFE is making up the difference. From having apparatus donated/delivered to departments effected by Hurricane Sandy to replacing essential equipment stolen off of Detroit Fire apparatus, one project at a time...they are making positive impacts on those who are answering the calls on a daily basis. I say, with PRIDE, that I am a part of that dofference, and I will always support the NFE. Because they support me!
One of the best volunteer organizations I belong to. You actually get to see the end product help those who protect others.
National Firefighters was helpful in securing 5 much needed helmets for our department. They also provided the tools for us to network with other firefighters and departments across the country to gain access to great training material and even equipment.
Two and a half years ago, my local fire department saved my life. In trying to make the life they've saved worth it, being a member of the Officer's Club allows me to make a monthly donation (money, in this case) that goes directly back to the firefighter community to keep them protected, educated, and encouraged... I ♥ NFE!