With memories of the Municipal fires during the summer of 2015 still fresh in our minds, it was the unity of our local and rural fire departments and the community as a whole in their initial response to have curtailed further loss of property until outside help became available.
In truth, there is strength in numbers, and together we can help all Clearwater County’s district firefighters be better equipped to fight the next fire, as equipment and training are costly, but essential.
Small districts are typically unable to finance such equipment. However, should a significant number of districts band together to form an Auxiliary with a 501(c)3 status as a non-profit foundation the county’s eligibility for various grants becomes more promising. Again, we see strength in numbers, the larger the community involved, the more substantial the funding.
Unfortunately the process to acquire that status is not without a great deal of effort and not free. The newly formed Clearwater County Fire District’s (CCFD)Auxiliary is attempting to generate membership fees to help make this step accessible.
The new board members, equipped with many talents, fresh ideas and years of experience, were recruited after Orofino Fire Chief Jon Hoyt was invited to make an appearance as guest speaker appearance at a recent Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary meeting. He was looking for volunteers to help guide the CCFD Auxiliary evolve and grow through fundraisers, grant writing and the ability to provide various duties pertaining to back-up support during fire incidents, when necessary.
Annual dues for membership are $15 for a single or $25 per couple. Lifetime memberships are available for $100 and $150, respectively.
Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Orofino Fire Hall upstairs of Council Chambers on First Street.
The first meeting is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 5. Every resident and every fire district of Clearwater County are encouraged to attend, and hopefully join in aiding and supporting our local fire districts! Your skills, talent, willingness and enthusiasm are welcomed!