By Chelsea Beimfohr
ATLANTA (WANF) — Firefighters have a tough job. They’re constantly putting their own lives at risk to save others. But now, Atlanta firefighters need your help.
Shirley Anne Smith, Executive Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, says since fire stations are in operation 24/7, 365 days a year there is a lot of upkeep.
“They’re always having firefighters and EMTs coming in and out of here. So they have kind of a great deal of wear and tear on our equipment because they’re being utilized every single day,” Smith said.
The foundation says many of these “replacement” costs, like a new mattress, gym equipment, and washers and dryers are often not covered by the city’s budget. That’s why they’re looking for sponsors to “adopt” stations across the city.
“It’s a really great program to just be connected to our community stations and also give back to our firefighters that live here and work here 24 hours a day,” Smith said.
Recently Tyler Perry Studios “adopted” station 5 in southwest Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation website, Delta, Chick-Fil-A, AT&T, and Georgia Power have also agreed to sponsor stations.
“There are going to be things that are just unexpected and they break down without any notice to our firefighters, so when that happens we want to step in,” Smith said.
Smith says 12 fire stations are still in need of sponsors. You can also make individual, monetary donations by clicking HERE.
For more information about the program and how you can support it, please contact Shirley Anne Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPROVED DONATION ITEMS:
Office Equipment: Brand New Office Equipment Such as Fax Machines, Printers, Computers, and Supplies
Kitchen: Pots and Pans, Ice Machines, Kitchen Appliances, Plates, Cups, and Silverware
Bedroom: Mattresses, Linens, Sleeping Bags
Outdoor: Power Tools, Hand Tools, Generators, Lawn Mowers or Landscaping Equipment, Compressors, Building Materials, Securable Storage Facilities, Outdoor Grills, Unused American Flag
Household & Miscellaneous: Training Room Exercise Equipment, Washer and Dryer, Specialized Firefighting, Rescue and Medical Equipment, Televisions, Fan, Furniture, Blinds or Curtains, AEDs
2022 STATION SPONSORS Atlanta Fire Stations 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, and 34: Delta Air Lines Atlanta Fire Station 4: Georgia Pacific Atlanta Fire Station 5: AT&TTyler Perry Studios Atlanta Fire Station 8 :FirstNet Atlanta Fire Stations 9 and 16: Chick-fil-A Atlanta Fire Station 10 and 26: Carter Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 16: Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation Young Executives Greenleaf Atlanta Fire Station 17: Georgia Power Foundation Atlanta Fire Rescue Station 20: PulteGroup Atlanta Fire Stations 21, 27, 29, and 30: Anonymous Atlanta Fire Station 22: Bank of America Atlanta Fire Station 38: Majestic Realty
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