Station Pride had the honor of awarding the Rhea County Fire Dept. with the first ever Station Pride Brother-to-Brother grant! Station Pride Founder and President Riley Amoriello, as well as Vice President Jonathon Jacobs traveled to Wolf Creek Fire Station 740 in Rhea County, Tennessee to deliver the grant items in person.
The Rhea County Fire Dept operates twelve fire stations across the county with over 100 volunteers. Due to the dangerously small operating budget provided for each station it’s very hard for them to buy even basic necessities, like fuel and maintenance. The continued stress of their meager budget has place Rhea County in the position of having 30-35 year old front-line apparatus and out of date breathing apparatus. Even with their financial and equipment challenges, Rhea County Fire Department volunteers stand up and do what they can, with what they have and still accomplish what needs to be done. The struggle they face is not uncommon.
Will Sargent, of the Rhea County Fire Department, wrote the grant in early 2014 with the hopes of bringing a gas monitoring device to the department which only had one gas meter to cover a response area greater than two hundred square miles.
Station Pride accepted their request in mid 2014. Since then, the members of the Station Pride community both company members and followers stepped up to raise funds for gas monitoring devices. On December the 30th Station Pride awarded two “single” gas monitors to the Fire Chief and District Chiefs of the Rhea County Fire Department, the County Mayor was also in attendance. “It is an honor to be able to help these brothers that work so hard to better their department and community and strive everyday to make their community safer”-Riley Amoriello Station Pride’s Founder.
The Brother-to-Brother Grant put much needed safety equipment into the hands of the Rhea County responders. With the help of Station Pride and all of our website followers we were able to award them with, not just one, but two single-gas monitors.
It is our mission with the Station Pride Brother-to-Brother grant program to support those that need it most. Remember, when you buy anything from our online store! Proceeds go directly to the grant program. When you donate directly to our grant program 100% of that donation is applied to the next grant award. One Hundred Percent of Station Pride’s profit is put directly into the Brother-to-Brother Grant Program. The only expenses we have are the cost of replenishing sale items. Nobody at Station Pride earns a paycheck and we are here to better the fire service one firehouse at a time.
The West Lake Fire Department was founded in 1937 and was the first volunteer fire company in Millcreek Township. The department is comprised of two firehouses, Station 48 and Station 49. West Lake is one of four volunteer fire departments that operate in Millcreek Township. West Lake is the second busiest company in the township and third busiest in Erie County averaging around 1,500 calls for service annually, following the Erie Fire Department and West Ridge Fire Department. West Lake is 100% volunteer with approximately 50 active members.
WLFD is known best in the township as having the most pride within the fire service. Myself and Jordan Turner of West Med #2 Fire Company can attest too that. We went and looked at every aspect of pride we could find and this department has it! “It’s one thing that is drilled into us from day one” said Lieutenant Joe Bracalento – 8 year member of WLFD. We can tell that from just walking into the bay, from the station logo pressed into the bay floor to the clean rigs and well racked lines on the engine. You can tell this company has pride just from the road! The outside of the firehouse is another thing that showed itself to us. Fresh green grass mowed perfectly to fresh mulch. As well as the flags flying high. The community of Millcreek should be proud to call West lake for their emergencies.
Why? We had the chance to look over all of the well maintained rigs that WLFD has at station 48. Even after finishing their 5th call for service that day all the trucks were cleaned, well maintained, stocked and ready for the next call for service. Something that is hard to find in the volunteer fire service these days with the demands that are placed on volunteers. That is another thing that stood out to us. The fact that this company runs up to 100 plus calls a month and still has a nice clean station with very clean and well maintained trucks!
After meeting the Fire Chief and a few members from this station we were honored to take home with us a company tee shirt and the offer of returning and spending the day with the crew and sharing some fellowship. The brotherhood is strong in West Lake and so is the pride. If you are ever in the area check out the brothers at station 48! It’s well worth the stop!