Over the weekend firefighters from the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 were out in our community going door to door with our annual appeal letter. We would like to remind the citizens of Philipstown that we serve, that the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 is 100% volunteer and is only partially funded by municipal contracts. In fact, well over a third of the money needed to operate our Company is raised by us independently through fund raisers and donations (such as the Appeal letter).
Please give the letter a read and donate generously – every dollar given goes a long way.
Since its founding the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1 has striven to provide professional, well trained and fiscally responsible fire protection to the citizens of Cold Spring, Nelsonville and Philipstown. During that time our Company, which began as 19 civic minded citizens, has grown into an all volunteer squad of approximately 120 men and women. Last year our volunteers responded to over 150 calls ranging from structure fires, to river rescues, to mountain rescues – we literally cover our area from the highest peak to the water’s edge and beyond. Nothing proved this more than our recent response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene.
We understand that times are tough. All of our volunteers either live or work in our community. We read the newspapers, we pay taxes. We know that the cost of living has risen. It has for us and our families too. That is the reason why fiscal responsibility has always been at the forefront of everything we do. In the last 115 years, the Cold Spring Fire Company has successfully raised funds to buy every new piece of equipment we have purchased, at no cost to the taxpayers. Most recently, we combined the duties of two outdated fire trucks into one, purchasing a 2009 Smeal that serves as a rescue and pumper, while also carrying 2500 gallons of water. At a time when other departments are expanding equipment and costs, we are looking to provide more cost effective fire protection, doing more with less.
Moving toward the future we will remain focused on the needs of the taxpayers we protect. Even though we have been fiscally responsible throughout our history, the burden of filling the gap between our operating budget and that money supplied to us by the municipalities that we protect, falls upon our shoulders. We are seeking donations from you, the community we serve and protect, to help us with that burden.
In the coming year we will seek to build a “bail-out” training platform, in order to further train our firefighters on this important, state mandated, life saving system. In 2010, seven of our firefighters completed a train-the-trainer class, making them certified instructors on this system, but we still need to go out of district for facilities to train our firefighters. Also over the next year, we will be further examining our current apparatus to see how it meets the needs of the community and the space constraints of our Headquarters. Specifically, we will be examining our presence on the Hudson River, and determining our needs in terms of water rescues, marine fires, etc. All of this will be done in addition to our weekly drilling, county training and normal firematic operations. This takes a lot of time; which our volunteers give willingly at all hours of the day and night, all year round. It also takes money, which is why we are seeking your help.
Please give what you can; we see to it that every dollar goes a long way!
The Membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company No.1
If for some reason you didn’t receive the letter, check donations may also be mailed to Cold Spring Fire Company No.1, 154 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 – or dropped off at the headquarters.
*Interested in volunteering? Fill out an application, stop by on one of our drill nights (every Tuesday @ 7:30pm) or give us a call 265-9241