By Chelsea Beimfohr
ATLANTE (WANF) — Firefighters have a tough job. They constantly put their own lives in danger to save others. But now the Atlanta Fire Department needs your help.
Shirley Anne Smith, executive director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, explains that since fire stations operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there is a lot of maintenance.
“There are always firefighters and paramedics coming in and out of here. So they kind of have a lot of wear and tear on our gear because they’re used every day,” Smith said.
The foundation says many of these “replacement” costs, such as a new mattress, gym equipment, washers and dryers, are often not covered by the city budget. That’s why they’re looking for sponsors to “adopt” stations across the city.
“It’s a great program to just be connected to our community stations and give back to our firefighters who live here and work here 24 hours a day,” Smith said.
Recently, Tyler Perry Studios “adopted” Southwest Atlanta Station 5. According to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation website, Delta, Chick-Fil-A, AT&T and Georgia Power have also agreed to sponsor stations.
“There are going to be things that are just unexpected and they break down without notice to our firefighters, so when that happens we want to step in,” Smith said.
Smith says 12 fire stations still need sponsors. You can also make individual monetary donations by clicking HERE.
For more information about the program and how you can support it, please contact Shirley Anne Smith at [email protected]
APPROVED DONATION ITEMS:
Office equipment: all new office equipment such as fax machines, printers, computers and supplies
Kitchen: pots and pans, ice makers, kitchen appliances, plates, cups and cutlery
Bedroom: mattress, sheets, sleeping bags
Outdoors: power tools, hand tools, generators, lawn mowers or landscaping equipment, compressors, building materials, secure storage facilities, outdoor grills, unused American flag
Household and miscellaneous: exercise room equipment, washer and dryer, specialized firefighting, rescue and medical equipment, televisions, fan, furniture, blinds or curtains, AED
2022 STATION SPONSORS Atlanta Fire Stations 1, 2, 7, 13, 14 & 34: Delta Air Lines Atlanta Fire Station 4: Georgia Pacific Atlanta Fire Station 5: AT&TTyler Perry Studios Atlanta Fire Station Atlanta 8: FirstNet Atlanta Fire Stations 9 & 16: Chick-fil-A Atlanta Fire Station 10 & 26: Carter Atlanta Fire Station 16: Atlanta Fire Station Foundation Young Executives Greenleaf Fire Station Atlanta Fire Station 17: Georgia Power Foundation Atlanta Fire Station 20: PulteGroup Atlanta Fire Station 21, 27, 29, and 30: Anonymous Atlanta Fire Station 22: Bank of America Atlanta Fire Station 38: Majestic Realty
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