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DEAR FIRE FIGHTER SUPPORTERS:
I would like to personally take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your local firefighters. Your contribution will benefit firefighters throughout Wilmington and New Hanover County. With the purchase of these ticket vouchers through FireCo, LLC, acting on behalf of the Wilmington Professional Fire Fighters Association, you show your support not only for the firefighters, but for your community as well.
The Wilmington Professional Fire Fighters Association represents approximately 130 local firefighters, who are employed by the fire department, in their efforts to take a pro-active approach to fire safety and community services throughout New Hanover County. We are a non-profit professional organization; therefore, these ticket vouchers are not tax deductible for Federal tax purposes as a charitable contribution, unless you donate your ticket vouchers to a charitable organization. But please be assured the Wilmington firefighters and the community they serve will benefit from your support and the community as well. There is a list of agencies and contributions/programs that we help support listed below.
It is important to note that we represent the Career Professional Firefighters themselves (not the government agencies) and do not financially support any volunteer fire departments.
The firefighters of our nation are rated as having the number one most hazardous occupation in terms of death and injury. Working with the citizens of New Hanover County, perhaps we can change these statistics.
Once again, I thank you for your support. It is friends like you that make a difference.
President, Wilmington Professional Fire Fighters Association
Annually, an estimated 23,600 fires in residences are caused by candles and result in 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss.
Women are more likely to be injured or killed in residential structure candle fires.
December has the highest occurrence of candle-ignited residential structure fires.
Over one-third of residential structure candle fires begin in a bedroom.
Over half of all residential structure candle fires were started because the candle was placed too close to combustible materials.
Wilmington Fire Fighters Association
o Camp Celebrate, a weekend camp for children ages 7-15 who have survived traumatic burn injuries; activities include swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, as well as an opportunity to meet other kids who share the experience of having been burned
o Fire Safety Coloring Books for 3rd graders in New Hanover County
o Jaycee Burn Center, supporting the burn center at UNC Hospital where the firefighters go if they are injured on duty – it is also the best burn center in the state for children; assisting local families of burn victims with extraneous expenses, like traveling back-and-forth to the center.
o Smoke Detector & Burned-Out Response Programs
o Support for Wilmington Fire Explorers Program (career-based educational program for ages 14-20)
o The Carolina Brotherhood Ride – a bicycle ride across the state honoring fallen Firefighters and Police Officers in the State of NC and bringing awareness to the dangers of our profession
o Support for the Wilmington Firefighters Memorial – a memorial located at Fire Station #2, Empie Park, honoring those that died in the 9/11 attacks as well as those Firefighters that died in the line of duty serving the citizens of Wilmington
o Fill-A-Firetruck – a program to provide needed school supplies to school children
o Fire Safety Seminar – sponsored by the Wilmington Professional Fire Fighters Association, open to the public and free of charge; a seminar providing safety information to the citizens
o Support for Muscular Dystrophy Association – fill the boot for Jerry’s Kids
FIRE FIGHTERS SAFETY PROGRAMS
This Spring, we are presenting
The Family Stone (of Sly & The Family Stone) w/ Beach Favorites, The Entertainers