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Prospective Donors / Supporters of Arizona Firefighters,

Rural firefighters of Arizona need help.  As state funding, grants, and donations become harder and harder to acquire, our annual Arizona State Fire School (ASFS) is in need of long term support to assure our rural firefighters receive the life and safety training needed to support their mission – “To take care of our communities.”

The ASFS has been an annual event since 1972, this being our 42nd year.  From 1972-2009 the school was partially funded by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and was managed by two of their employees and a volunteer force of Chiefs from around our state – State Fire Training Committee (SFTC). The annual school conducts 30-35 different classes at over 10 locations throughout the valley over four days in September educating nearly 1000 firefighters. In 2009 the state unfunded the school (over $100K) and left it to the committee to either save the school or allow our tradition to dissolve.

Well, I know that you know firefighters – the answer was obvious to the SFTC – our rural partners need this training to help assure their safety and the safety of those they serve.  We have held the school the past two years without state support and have barely been able to make it through the nearly $250K expense annually. During these two years, I was so proud of how the SFTC was able to save the school, but we recognized our need for help. That’s why we started this effort. Our goal is to establish a permanent endowment to pay for 500 rural FF’s tuition to Firefighter’s School each year. We have been very fortunate to have many Fire Service “Stars” offer to help. In August of 2012, thanks to several “Stars,” we opened the fund at the Arizona Community Foundation.

Our goal is to raise $1 million to make the dream come true. This is not an overnight effort. Many of us have been part of the committee for over 25 years and remain heavily engaged in helping our rural brothers and sisters. The SFTC is trying to make sure the hard work done before us will be easier for those who follow.

The rural firefighters, the Firefighter Foundation, and SFTC thank you for your consideration to support this effort.  

Randy Redmond – Foundation Committee Member

Individuals, companies, and organizations may donate to the Arizona Firefighters Fund, which has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation, by sending their checks to:

Debra Wiley
Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Checks should be made payable to the Arizona Community Foundation or ACF with a notation in the memo box: “Firefighters”

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