Help us support our community during this time of need.
Since 1908, the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department has provided emergency services to the town of Boswell, Pennsylvania and the surrounding community. We currently provide fire, rescue, and EMS support to an area of approximately 25-35 square miles and a community of 4,000 residents.
On March 19, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order closing non-life sustaining businesses, and on April 1, 2020 a statewide "Stay-at-Home" order was issued. Over the last month, the Boswell Volunteer Fire Department has continued to respond to fire and EMS emergencies within our community, ready to offer aid at a moment's notice. We are the definition of a "life-sustaining" operation.
Unfortunately, the governor's order as well as our concern for public health have hampered our opportunities to raise funds to support these operations. Our weekly bingo fundraiser has been cancelled since March 15th, we've had to postpone a major "cash bash" fundraiser, and other opportunities to fundraise have been curtailed.
In addition to this, we continue to pay to staff our ambulance 24/7 to respond to medical emergencies in the community, but calls for ambulances have been significantly down. Fewer ambulance calls sounds like a good thing, but it also means we're not receiving the billing income that defrays the cost of having an ambulance crew in-house.
Bills continue to roll in, payments need made against loans, vehicles need fuel, equipment needs repaired and replaced, protective appararel needs purchased. Your donation will help us to continue our mission of providing excellent emergency service to our community. If we are able to raise $1,000, we may qualify for a matching grant of an additional $1,000.
Help us during this time of need so that we can help you during your time of need.