We’ve been loving all of the love pouring out during our #loveavolunteer campaign! We wish we could feature them all, but that is just truly not possible. All departments are so deserving of appreciation and thank yous!
To support the #loveavolunteer initiative check out this post: Volunteers and volunteer families.
Buy a T-shirt or Hoodie to support our fundraising for Volunteer Fire Departments.
(Help!! We need to reach at least 50 sales to be able to donate our $250 award!)
And Nominate your department at this link!
Let’s go to New Jersey. Surf City, NJ is a small town on Long Beach Island, a popular beach resort area in the summer. During the summer time, the population swells to accommodate tourists, seeking NJ’s gorgeous beaches. In the fall, winter and spring, the population is fairly small (a little more than 1000 full time residents). This doesn’t stop Surf City from having a big heart in terms of volunteer fire department.
Surf City Volunteer Fire Company was nominated by Fire Wife Danielle Dunne. The fire company was established in 1948 and is an all volunteer organization. They provide fire protection for the Borough of Surf City and the Long Beach Township section of North Beach. They provide all of the cascade and rescue extrication operations for Long Beach Island and Emergency Medical Services to the Borough of Surf City, operating solely on funds raised or donated. Their call volume nearly reaches 500 per year with close to half being EMS calls. You can read more about their history on their website.
Surf City has had a long history of community involvement. From pancake breakfasts to delivering presents to the children on Christmas Eve, commitment to the community goes way beyond fighting fires.
This was especially true in October of 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit the coast of NJ. Surf City’s firehouse was the only one of the five fire companies on the island that did not get water in their building. First order of business was to evacuate some of the residents who did not heed the evacuation notice. The evacuees were brought to the fire house for a meal and to dry off and then the National Guard took them off the island. After the storm, because they had no water damage, they became the hub of activity for donations, cell phone charging, food and information for the island residents as well as the relief workers, national guard, police and utility workers that were helping restore order after the storm. They certainly weren’t letting Sandy bring them down! Below are a few photos from their Facebook Page, take a look for even more on Facebook.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about Surf City and we’ll be bringing you another Volunteer Fire Department soon!
To see how to share your information or nominate a Volunteer Department to be entered to win $250, go HERE and follow the instructions. Thank you all so much.
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