Atascadero firefighters are closer to the goal of outfitting their grassroots-built, disaster- response trailer with all the necessary tools thanks to a new fundraising campaign spearheaded by PG&E.
In the challenge, called “$50,000 in 50 Days,” the utility will match all donations up to $25,000 that are received from Sept. 15 through Nov. 4.
“Essentially, it is a two-for- one deal,” fire Capt. Matt Miranda said. “You donate $1 and they will make it $2.”
The trailer is an all-volunteer project championed by Atascadero firefighters to dedicate one engine with donated specialized gear to assist in auto accidents, search and rescue missions, earthquakes, floods, fires and other disasters.
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Having it for that purpose frees up the department’s other engines for more routine calls.
The Atascadero Fire Department applied for the PG&E assistance about six weeks ago.
It’s one more step in firefighter efforts that have raised more than $27,000 for the trailer in the past nine months.
If $50,000 is raised with the campaign, and several grants still in the works are awarded, firefighters would reach their $100,000 goal.
For more information on the trailer, contact Miranda, at 470-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk-in or mail-in donations are accepted at the Atascadero Fire Department, 6005 Lewis Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422.