Union VFD to hold spring festivalPublished 10:45am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Union Volunteer Fire Department is preparing for one of its largest fundraising events of the year this weekend.
The Union Volunteer Fire Department will host the Union Volunteer Fire and Rescue Annual Spring Festival and Raffle Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the department’s main station on Alabama Highway 50.
The festival will include live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., barbecue at 10:30 a.m. and a raffle ticket drawing at 1 p.m.
Tracey Johnson, chief of the Union Volunteer Fire Department, said the funds raised go a long way toward helping fund the department.
“We normally generate around $10,000 to $12,000 net on the spring festival coming this weekend,” Johnson said. “That pays for the majority of our $16,000 worth of insurance for our vehicles, our workman’s comp, our stations and insurance on all of our equipment.”
Johnson said there has recently been some confusion where residents gave donations to groups identifying themselves as being with the Union Volunteer Fire Department only for the resident to find out later that their donation was not going to the department.
Anyone who is not clearly identified as a member of the Union Volunteer Fire Department is not with the department.
Any funds collected by someone not with the Union Volunteer Fire Department are not going to the department.
“Our people are well identified to say ‘I’m with Union Fire and Rescue.’ They’ll have a shirt, a radio, a pager – they can show them that they are a part of Union Fire and Rescue,” Johnson said. “We don’t go around without some form of I.D. or even without being in our departmental truck.”
Johnson said the festival and membership drives are very important to the Union Volunteer Fire Department because they are the department’s main income.
“Our donations actually are our main income for our operations budget. Our operations budget is anywhere between $60,000 to $70,000 a year,” Johnson said. “Our membership drive starting in October and going through February and March, which is main income, is for our main operations budget.”
For more information on donating to the Union Volunteer Fire Department, call 825-0016.