The Westminster Fire Department actively supports two fire-related charities, the Westminster Firefighters Fire Victims Benefit Fund and the Westminster Public Safety Recognition Foundation. A community group, CFIRE, supports WFD community projects.
Westminster Firefighters Fire Victims Benefit Fund
The Westminster Firefighters Fire Victims Benefit Fund, also commonly called the “Burn Fund”, was established in 1983 by the Westminster firefighters and is governed by a five member board.
The main purpose of the Burn Fund is to provide immediate financial relief to Westminster citizens that are displaced from their homes due to fire. The charity enables Westminster firefighters to hand over a check on the spot to help victims of fire. This is a big help for families that do not have the means to secure a room for the night, clothes, or other basic necessities; insurance and other public assistance sometimes takes awhile to come through.
Additionally, the Burn Fund may provide assistance to City employees and their families as a result of a major injury or accident, assistance to Westminster residents in need during the holiday season, support to any worthwhile charity in the City that is deemed appropriate by the governing board, and assistance to the family of any Colorado firefighter or police officer killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
Westminster Firefighters support the Burn Fund through direct contributions and by organizing fundraisers. The City of Westminster "Generous Juror" program also supports the fund. To donate to the Burn Fund, call 303-658-4500 for information.
A few community members that completed the Westminster Fire Department Citizen Academy decided they wanted to support WFD by raising funds for community projects and items the department cannot fund itself. Westy CFIRE (Westminster Citizens for Fire department Improvement, Recognition and Education) was established in 2008.
The citizen academy alumni that participate in CFIRE have raised funds through silent auctions at the Fire Chief Ale, kids photos at events, teddy bear and t-shirt sales and a fundraising night at Adventure Golf.
Their first purchase was a new collapsible tunnel to upgrade the mini-combat challenge obstacle course used at community events as a fun activity for kids. They have also supported the Fire & Life Safety Educators conference, the Blazing Bullets Trail Run, the WFD Combat Challenge Team, purchased challenge coins for every firefighter on the department and donated towards the artwork to be placed in front of the Public Safety Center.
The group members are also frequent volunteers at WFD events.
If you are interested in participating in CFIRE contact: Kim Christensen, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-451-8057.
Westminster Public Safety Recognition Foundation
The purpose of the WPSRF is two-fold:
First to host an annual banquet each year in September to express our collective appreciation to local individuals and City employees who have risked their lives during the year.
Second, the foundation seeks financial support for a sculpture honoring emergency personnel to be placed in front of the Public Safety Center, 9110 Yates Street in June 2012.
Contributions are welcome and tax deductible. One hundred percent of contributions are used to support the Foundation’s mission: Recognizing the bravery, heroism, acts or services beyond the call of duty by Westminster employees, citizens, businesses, or visitors in the name of public safety. Go to http://www.wpsrf.org/ for details about WPSRF.