Milton First Responders Foundation
Training Equipment for Milton Fire-Rescue
On July 20, 2017, the Milton First Responders Foundation (MFRF) was pleased to announce it awarded a $6,000+ grant to the Milton Fire-Rescue Department for the purchase of 60 BlastMask™ Training Regulators, one for every Milton Firefighter. This grant perfectly fulfills part of MFRF’s mission to purchase supplemental/non-budgeted equipment that helps maximize training opportunities and improves efficiency of first responders.
According to Milton Assistant Fire Marshal/Captain Alex Fortner, when incorporated into training evolutions and/or physical fitness regimens, the BlastMask™ Training Regulators help firefighters gain confidence and increase performance by restricting oxygen consumption and simulating real-world use of a self-contained breathing apparatus. “By continually working on ways to improve their skills, this training-aid purchase helps our firefighters to provide the highest level of service possible, while also supporting the mission and vision of the Milton Fire-Rescue Department and the MFRF,” said Fortner.
Based on the feedback received directly from Milton firefighters, the BlastMask™ regulators are already being put to good use during training exercises and their routine workouts. “The continued support from the MFRF and the Milton community is simply amazing and greatly appreciated,” said Fortner.
MFRF would like to thank all individual and corporate donors who provide funding for grants such as this throughout the year. “These generous donations for both fire and police help keep our first responders safe and operating at peak performance levels,” said MFRF Chair Brian Dolan. “We are indeed fortunate to have such well-trained and dedicated first responders here in Milton.”
The foundation’s premier fundraising event, the 3rd Annual MFRF Golf Tournament, is coming up October 23 at White Columns with sponsorships and player registrations now open online. In addition to being a lot of fun and raising a lot of money, even non-golfers can get involved by Sponsoring a First Responder to play for a tax-deductible contribution of $150. For more information click HERE
Police Helmets and Tactical Flashlights
Milton First Responders Foundation proudly presented police helmets and tactical flashlights to the Milton Police Department on March 6, 2017. By providing the first responders with the latest & safest equipment, MFRF hopes to provide our finest with better peace of mind while the first responders strive to keep our community safe. The purchases of these items was made possible by the generous donations from our community and fundraising efforts of the Milton First Responders Foundation.
Milton’s First Responders can get to the scene quicker at pedestrian events thanks to 4 new specially equipped bicycles. MFRF spearheaded efforts to raise funds to two bikes for each department, allowing them to easily patrol and maneuver in crowded events, ultimately responding to emergencies quicker.
“We could not have reached our goal if not for the effort of the Crabapple Crossing Elementary Rise Up Team, The William B. Orkin Foundation and the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub”, said Brian Dolan, said MFRF board member. A special thanks to the Olde Blind Dog for not only hosting an event but also donating a portion of the sales from that evening.
“We are grateful for the incredible efforts of the wonderful children who are part of the Rise Up team at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School. They put in time and energy, led by Jenny Herman and Nichole Deakins, to support our foundation by raising funds for the bikes. We are proud of their efforts and we can’t thank them enough,” said MFRF Board member Loreto Hernalsteen. Lastly, we received a very generous donation from The William B. Orkin Foundation, whose mission realizes that the key to a successful community is one in which its citizens and business owners alike volunteer their time and financial support to ensure that ideals and values of the community are maintained.
“We are so thankful to the Milton First Responders Foundation board members, volunteers and supporters for not only aiding our department and staff, but looking at what tools we need to better serve our community,” said Interim City Manager and Police Chief Steve Krokoff. “These bikes will allow us to respond more efficiently and be more accessible to the people we serve.”
Milton Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Edgar agreed and said “When each second of response time could be lifesaving, these bikes will provide us with one more instrument to better serve at community events.”