Sweet Frog Helps AVFD Raise Money for Training Facility

On May 21, people who indulged at Sweet Frog in Avon from 6:00-9:00 p.m. also did a good deed. Sweet Frog donated 10 percent of proceeds from the evening’s sales, $121, to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD). The money goes to help the AVFD in its effort to raise $500,000 for its share of the live fire training facility to be built in Farmington.

When it comes to fire training, there’s no such thing as enough. As volunteers who train to the level of career firefighter, members of the AVFD are required to recertify at least annually. The AVFD is partnering with theAHS Seniors Supporting AVFD Farmington Fire Department to build a new live fire training facility, allowing members to retain the proficiency of their special skills. AVFD members will be able to practice and improve their skills in a realistic setting with a more reasonable time commitment, learning how to better protect themselves so they can better protect the residents of Avon and their property.

Photo caption: Avon High School seniors John Burdick (left) and Caroline Schaefer (center) treat themselves to some frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog and help the Avon Volunteer Fire Department in the process.

The AVFD is all-volunteer and funded by the Town of Avon. However, the town budget is unable to provide complete funding for the Live Fire Training Facility and the Department must raise $500,000 by July 2014. Upcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament on August 11 at Farmington Woods. For more information, please visit www.avonvfd.org/livefiretraining.

Incorporated in 1943, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects more than 18,000 people living in the 22.6 square mile area that makes up the Town of Avon. The Department’s mission is to provide fire suppression and prevention, life safety and rescue support, as well as other community support to the citizens of the Town of Avon. In addition, the Department provides mutual aid support to those surrounding communities that, in time of need, may request such assistance.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department prides itself on the selflessness and dedication of its members – firefighters, fire police, administrative members, Explorers, active veterans, senior veterans, and associate members, all of whom play a vital role in the safety of Avon. The Department operates six companies and 15 pieces of apparatus, including a brush truck, ladder truck, tanker, rescue vehicle, boat, and pumpers. Four stations are located throughout Town – Company 1 on Darling Drive, Company 2 on Secret Lake Road, Company 3 on West Avon Road, and Company 4 on Huckleberry Hill Road. Anyone interested in learning more about the AVFD should call Headquarters at 677-2644, visit www.avonvfd.org, connect on Facebook at AvonVFD, or stop by the Company 1 firehouse located at 25 Darling Drive any Monday evening after 7:00.