Members of the West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department will be heading out next Sunday, Oct. 30, with copies of their newest calendar. Each year, the department gives free calendars to the community thanks to the support of local businesses. Shown, from left, are firefighters Todd Nephew, Jason Goodspeed, Kevin Girard, Bob Mooso, Robby Carron and Art Hart.
If you live in the hamlet of West Chazy, firefighters have plans to stop by your house next weekend. But don’t worry, it’s not an emergency.
Members of the West Chazy Volunteer Fire Department will be traveling door-to-door Sunday, Oct. 30, distributing their annual calendars. The calendars, filled with fire safety information for both children and adults, have been given out annually by the department for the nearly 30 years thanks to sponsorship from local businesses, said department member Jason Goodspeed.
“It’s really the only fundraiser we do for the department,” said Goodspeed. “Many departments have a bunch of stuff they do throughout the year, but it can be hard to get members together to help because of how busy people are nowadays. This is something we can do once a year that helps us all year long.”
The production of the annual calendar started with a little more than a dozen sponsors, purchasing business card-size ads that appear on the pages of the piece, said Goodspeed. That number has grown to an average of 30 to 40 ads and, in some years, as many as 50 ads.
That can mean a good chunk of change for the department, added Goodspeed.
“[The calendar] brings in about $4,000 to $5,000,” he said, adding many people also give donations to department members when they receive their calendar, further helping the department.
The money is then earmarked for a general fund that the department uses to purchase necessities such as new vehicles, equipment and supplies.
“It’s a very important fundraiser,” said Goodspeed.
Residents in the fire department’s service area don’t need to be home to receive a calendar, said Goodspeed, as firefighters will still leave calendars at homes where no one answers the door to receive them personally.
Those who do not receive a calendar or who would like additional calendars may contact the department at 493-4995.