POINT PLEASANT — After years of budget cuts, as well as absorbing the rising costs of equipment and required certification training, all of which factor into how insurance premiums are figured, fire departments have been getting creative about fundraising.
The Point Pleasant Fire Department, which has the largest coverage area in Mason County, is trying to catch the interest of the community with something different, but all with the goal of raising funds for the department’s future.
“We take great pride in our department and work hard to deliver a high standard of care and service for our residents and guests,” Chief Jeremy Bryant said. “As we are all aware budgets and finances at all levels of government have suffered greatly in recent years and we continue to look for ways to make up the short falls and hold ourselves accountable to the same standards that our residents have grown to expect and with that comes a need to turn to fundraising to assure these services and continue to reach the standards.”
When it comes to getting creative about raising money, Bryant said summer has kicked off using the “Ladies First” adage so the first fundraiser includes selling tickets for $20 that offer a chance to win 31 Buskins Leggins outfits in the month of July. The department will be giving away an outfit a day in July and winners will be re-entered for a chance to win again on the same ticket. Tickets for this drawing are being sold until this Friday, June 30.
The men aren’t being left out of these creative fundraisers and starting Aug. 1 until the end of September, the department will be selling tickets aimed at the hunter in the family, giving away a prize a day during the month of October. Bryant said this will include several long guns and other hunting equipment. More information on this will be released soon.
In addition, the department will once again run a food booth at the Mason County Fair to raise funds.
Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket for the leggins can contact any Point Pleasant Firefighter, stop by the fire station as there are firefighters there at all hours, or you can call the station and leave a message at 675-2313 and someone will get back with you.
The department can also be followed on Facebook for updates on these and other fundraisers and community events.
“We appreciate the community support and will continue to strive to do our very best and provide a high standard of care and service to our community,” Bryant said.
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