May 2019

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

For the past 76 years your ALL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT has protected the lives, homes and businesses of our beloved community.  The Avon Volunteer Fire Department responded to 677 calls for service this past year.  The types of calls for service include basement pump outs, carbon monoxide, fire alarms, home and vehicle lockouts along with motor vehicle accidents and fires.

As you know with past campaigns, dedicated, quality service is not without its needs and holes to fill.  YOUR GENEROSITY of past donations has enabled us to stay an ALL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT and to purchase support vehicles and other needed items to keep all the citizens of Avon safe.

This past year our members participated in over 31,000 hours of training at our 4 Avon stations, the Connecticut Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.  Our members are also required to participate in a live burn exercise which is held at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department/Farmington Fire Department Training Facility which was built with your generous donations in previous years.

We are also committed to serving our community in other ways, such as our annual food drive for the Avon Food Bank, sponsoring Cub Scout Pack #122 and sponsoring an Avon Little League team.  We also sponsor an annual blood drive with the American Red Cross.  In addition to the community events, we also provide fire prevention programs in conjunction with the Avon Fire Marshal’s office.  We do fire prevention in all nursery schools, day care centers and at Pine Grove School and Roaring Brook School for Grades K-4.  At Thompson Brook School we do the STEP (Student Training Emergency Preparedness) program for fifth graders.  We also do fire prevention programs in the two magnet schools here in Avon.  At the high school level, we sponsor Explorer Post #122 where students ages 14 through 20 learn about career paths in fire and emergency medical services.

Again, this year we are asking for YOUR HELP to ensure we can continue to offer our community the very best.  With your support, we will continue to improve your Department’s apparatus and facilities to provide the highest quality of response and service for every call to duty.

Know, when that alarm sounds – whether it be for fire, smoke, CO, motor vehicle or industrial accident, or even a lost child – your VOLUNTEER fire department members will continue to respond and make their personal sacrifices, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Please help better your Department by using the envelope enclosed with our mailing to send a check made payable to the “Avon Volunteer Fire Department” or consider donating on-line HERE.  Your donations are tax deductible!

Respectfully yours,

President Michael Galliher

Chief Bruce Appell