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    Default Looking for PR Ideas

    Our Local just formed a Public Relations Comm. and we are looking for some good ideas that other locals might be using already.

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    Smile Heres an idea

    This is what my department does. Every year we put on a firemans ball in our town. We get a function hall dontated to us to use then go around town getting doantions from companies such as gift certificates etc. Then at the hall we have dancing and at the end of the night for about an hour we have an auction and raffle off all sorts of stuff we get donated to us and we have a 50/50 raffle. In the end it usually we usually spend about $1500.00 for everything but end up making about around $3500.00 so we make around 2000.00 plus it gets the fire department more interactive with the community.

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    Exclamation This works!

    Consider a Citizens Fire Academy...let the taxpayers really get a grip of why you are there. Offer simple practical experiences using basic stuff. Flow some water, cut some cars apart,put them in gear and masks and have them crawl on their bellys. Teach them basic first aid and CPR. Have them take you to their home as a group project and complete a residential fire and life safety inspection. You are opening the door to our secret little fraternity, and they appreciate that come time for refferendum, bond issues, etc. It really brings your community together. Not so much of a fund raiser, as there are obvious manpower costs involved, but once you really get the real public on your side, they will never forget you.

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    Firemedic-This sounds like a great idea. Do you have anything in writing like an outline or anything like that. This may be something that we could do in the spring or early summer. We are getting ready to go for a fire tax in our area this may give them a little insight into what we do. I really like this idea a lot.

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    You have got to have something running for the month of October (Fire Prevention Week), Daylight savings time Spring and Fall you can get out and install batteries or smoke detectors that people have bought or have a local ??? buy them for those that can not afford, just before it gets cold in the fall run PSAs on electrical issues, chimmeys, and Xmas trees issues; just before wildfire season run PSAs on defensible space, preparing for evacuations, etc. There is plenty to do. Hire someone that is agrant writer and get some of the Fire Act $$$.

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    A department I did some paramedic ride time with once did a community service that had a very positive response. They made arrangements with a local pizza place to deliver pizza in an evening. They staffed an extra truck & delivered pizza, offering to check smoke detectors when they arrived. In case of a major incident, the officer can phone the pizza place to say they're done because of a call. Call it cheesy (hehehe) but it's not a bad idea! Good luck
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    Our local full-time dept. does a lot of pr type stuff, but only just recently. Former chief thought it to be a bad idea to be out of quarters. On sundays, they take an ambulance, and go visit with seniors at housing facility. They recently had a F.D. versus P.D. volleyball game, to raise money for a good cause. They always do the MS boot drive, in which they enlist the assistance of county volunteers. Our town is pretty small, and most citizens know the firefighters by name, but they still try to get out in the public eye as much as possible and let them know they are here to help them however they can.

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