We would like to thank all those who went out of their way and voted for that “Participatory Budget” a few months ago. You voted for items we requested for all the volunteer fire departments in the peninsula. We applied because we were assured we would receive the funding for these items by the office of our councilman, Eric Ulrich. However, even though members completed all the forms requested, paid for a costly three-year audit, worked in unison with Ulrich’s staff, we were still denied funding! The reasons behind their decision to deny us were ridiculous altogether. We are a volunteering organization! They were aware of this – however, they stated, “We have to have a paid employee.”
Don’t they know what volunteering means? Who is making these decisions anyway?
Councilman Ulrich, didn’t anyone in your office even read the documentation you had us fill out requesting equipment? We described in detail over and over again the operations of our volunteer department and how the requested items would be used. You and your representatives would have been privy to the fact that no volunteer is on duty getting paid for his or her services.
We are without a cascade system (that would have been used to refill packs for all V.F.Ds on the peninsula) and possibly the FDNY if an emergency occurred in our immediate area. We will not receive the needed beepers for members or the pump that was requisitioned either. Needless to say, Ulrich’s office dropped the ball and left the people who depend on us burning!