Why a Foundation?
Now in its ninth decade of operation, Woodside Fire Protection District faces a growing challenge as it strives to deal with a significant decrease in government funding while keeping pace with new technology, equipment upgrades , increased training requirements and a growing number of emergency incidents. Additional funds are critical.
The Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Protection Foundation was founded in 2009 to augment the Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) budget for up-to-date equipment, fire prevention, training, and facilities.
Much More Than a Fire Department
Responding to over 4,500 incidents every year, our firefighters do much more today than ever before, responding not just to house fires, but also to medical calls, high-speed vehicle accidents, downed power lines, hazardous materials incidents, equine emergencies and natural disasters. WFPD provides a vital safety net for our residents both as a local and as a state-wide resource during large-scale incidents such as wildfires. They provide valuable education and services to the public through regular CPR, AED and First Aid classes, the Chipper Program for fire prevention and through community disaster training in close cooperation with the Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program (CERPP). As a result, the skills and the toolboxes of today’s firefighters are complex, requiring constant upgrades and improvements – all with a goal of maintaining an excellent level of expertise in response to incidents of all kinds. It’s no longer just fire. It’s all-risk emergency response.
Not Alone in Needing Your Help
Many organizations around the country are faced with balancing increasing costs and lower revenues. Increasingly, operations formerly funded by tax revenues are forced to find alternate sources of funds. Locally, public school districts have established non-profit fundraising foundations to bridge the gaps in their districts’ budgets.
Our Foundation does this for WFPD by receiving and distributing tax-deductible contributions from private donors and from Federal and private grant programs. WFPD needs your help.