2016 Annual Fund: A Message from Chief Bartos


Dear Friends and Supporters:

All of us at the West Point Volunteer Fire Department want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

We had an especially active 2015, answering over 800 calls. As first responders, it remains imperative that we are prepared for the increasing number of emergencies that everyday test the skills, training, and equipment of our membership.

In 2016, there are a number of exciting things happening that we wanted to bring to your attention and that would benefit from your generous support:

  • In February, our new fire truck, equipped with sophisticated rescue capability, will arrive allowing us to place Engine 3 (now over 20 years old) on reserved status. The addition of the new fire truck will improve our ability to meet community needs with its advanced rescue features.
  • We are also moving ahead and ordering new extrication equipment, even as we await status on a recently applied for grant recently applied for. This equipment is needed for life-threatening situations often encoun- tered in car wreck disasters. We expect to have the new “Jaws of Life” equipment by the first half of 2016.
  • To compliment our new fire truck rescue capabilities, we will continue to acquire the most advanced tools for our Emergency Medicine including new and improved cardiac monitors to be used in our ambulances. These monitors help save lives in emergency situations.

We will also continue to offer the most advanced classes in firefighting and life support to our membership. It is imperative for our team to be trained on the latest equipment and techniques to fulfill our core mission of protecting and serving our community. We take enormous pride in having some of the best-trained firefighters and emergency medical personnel in Virginia.

Since 1904, The West Point Volunteer Fire Department has been honored to provide our community with the most sophisticated emergency service available, saving lives and preventing injury whenever possible. We remain committed to offering the best firefighting and emergency medical services available to our community members, friends, family, and anyone in need.

Our ability to serve our residents with the most sophisticated equipment and training relies on your generous support. Your generous donations each year allow us to serve the community many of us have called home for generations.

Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays.


Joe Bartos, Chief


P.S. We are always looking for volunteers to strengthen our membership. If you are interested in working with a group of people who are sure to become your second family, and helping your fellow neighbors in an immediate and meaningful way, please come by and see us or visit our website at: www.wpvfr.com


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