This happened in the area where I live a couple of years ago. Now it is spreading.....
Fire Department Donations Under Fire
Aug 5, 2005
Lots of people donate to worthy causes. It's a way to help out the community, but it seems there's something special about giving to firefighters; especially after 9-11.
We all want to feel safe, but what if you're money isn't going where you think it is? That's what's happening in one community.
A few weeks ago, Nine on Your Side got some calls from viewers worried about a possible scam to raise money for the Greenville Fire Department. Turns out, it's not a scam, but some of you could have been lied to.
But where is the money going? The good news is the money is still going to the Greenville Fire Department, but not for uniforms and equipment like some people were told.
Boots, jackets and helmets; three things a firefighter can't work without. ut if you think your donations helped buy them, Greenville Fire Chief, Mike Burton says guess again.
He says, “Most members of the community want to support their local fire department.”
So now you're probably asking yourself, isn't donating money for uniforms and equipment a good thing? Well, in this case it's not. Chief Burton says they're not seeing a dime.”
He says, “For the city of Greenville, we in no way depend on those sort of donations, we are fully supported by the tax dollars.”
He says when a company hired by the Greenville Professional Firefighters Association went door-to-door asking for donations, they stretched the truth of what it was for. We took that to the association's president Chris Cieszko.
Cieszko says, “From what I understand not everybody got the same speech. It was one particular person I guess using it as a selling ploy for him to get more money, they work off commission.”
He says every employee of community support services based in Goldsboro was supposed to read a letter word for word. In return, the contributor would get a free family portrait. But Cieszko says one employee didn't read that letter and that's the problem.
Cieszko says he's been dealt with. As for the money, they're going to use that for what it's meant for; charity.
So how can you make sure your money is going where it's supposed to? Chief Burton says you should be wary of all door-to-door sales.
It’s best the company you're donating to before dishing out some cash.
Cieszek says if you were told your money was going to fund uniforms and equipment and want your money back, you can contact them at 252-341-4390.
The Greenville Professional Firefighters Association tells Nine on Your Side they did check the record of community support services before they hired them to go get donations and they're very credible.
In the past, the company helped Cove City Fire and Rescue get as much as $2,800. The North Lenoir Volunteer Fire Department got $ 10,000 and the Wilson County Rescue Squad got $32,000.
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08-06-2005, 11:10 AM #1
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08-06-2005, 01:28 PM #2
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- Waterboro, Maine
That is just not right. There are so many ways for things to get messed up, the last thing you need is some freelancer to put his own spin on things.
We are a private fire company serving a portion of three neighboring towns. We have had people say thanks for (fill in the blank), and we will be making our annual contribution/donation again just like in the years before. So, not remembering seeing any donations from that person, I checked the records, and sure enough, no record of them. So after this happened a few times, I finally called one of these people, and asked where they were sending these donations. They were unwhittingly sending it to the municiple department. An honest mistake, and no harm done, but still the money was not going to the intended destination. I advised them of their mistake for future reference only, not to stir up a bees nest. The point is, these people were fired up even when it was clearly their own mistake, and I can't imagine them if they thought they had been swindled.There goes the neighborhood.
08-06-2005, 03:07 PM #3He says when a company hired by the Greenville Professional Firefighters Association went door-to-door asking for donations, they stretched the truth of what it was for.
08-07-2005, 10:47 AM #4
Originally Posted by JackTee09
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Does this bother anybody else?
08-07-2005, 10:57 AM #5Does this bother anybody else?Jacktee
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08-07-2005, 11:31 AM #6
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- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
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08-07-2005, 03:23 PM #7
It's a shady dealOriginally Posted by WaffleHut
A buddy of mine in college worked for a solicitation company. They raised money for police departments in Michigan. He said that many times, the company took a larger cut of the money than the police departments. If your organization is too lazy to raise money on your own... Please don't rob the people you serve by having this type of company do it for you.
08-08-2005, 10:47 AM #8
Happens all the time in NJ. P.F.M.B.A. (or whatever their initials are) send letters out all the time about donating to help your local fire departments. Problem is, they only support paid departments benefits. I even got a phone call at home from someone raising funds for them, it was very entertaining having them try to tell me all about my local fire protection."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
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