Protecting Our Firefighters
Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs is raising funds to outfit all Colorado Springs firefighters with life-saving ballistic vests and helmets. This program began with Fire Station 1 downtown and Station 6 on Union Boulevard. The program will expand to outfit firefighters at all the other stations in the city. Twenty-four firefighters at Station 1 and 13 at Station 6 received their vests and helmets to date.
Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs wants to minimize the risk to our firefighters in the same way Police Foundation of Colorado Springs has outfitted all local police officers with ballistic vests and helmets.
Growing violence against first responders throughout the country is motivating our efforts. While Colorado Springs has not yet experienced a firefighter seriously injured by gunshots, several have been the target of gunfire. We want to prevent what has happened elsewhere in the United States, where firefighters have been killed by shooters using high-powered military attack-style weapons. We are asking you to come along side us in this effort to ensure that each of our Colorado Springs firefighters return home safely to their families each day.
The Fire Foundation is pursuing this effort because the city budget doesn’t include the financial resources to do this in a timely fashion. It costs $2,000 to purchase a ballistic vest and helmet for each firefighter. With more than 440 CSFD firefighters in our community our goal is significant, but with your help we can protect those who sacrifice so much to protect us. Thus, the Foundation is reaching out to local businesses and residents to support our firefighters.
Donors will be invited to the vest presentations and the Fire Foundation will acknowledge all supporters, with each supporter's permission, in our Facebook posts, website announcements and communication with local news media.
FFCS is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.