The Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department has received a matching grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund for $16,500, which will be awarded when the department has raised that same amount.
The department has been raising money for the last three years toward its goal of nearly $68,000 to purchase new protective clothing consisting of a jacket and pants for each member. These items will replace older gear that is no longer compliant with regulations, and is becoming worn out.
The department has raised over $20,000 and has also received generous donations and grants from other sources. "Diana Rancourt has been very instrumental in helping the fire department with some of these grants," said Chief Steve Young. These funds include a $5,000 donation from the Border Lions Club; $2,000 from the Ben and Jerry's Foundation; an $8,000 matching grant from the Tillotson North Country Foundation; a $2,000 Trans-Canada grant. The above funds were prior to the award of the $16,500 and can't be considered as part of the matching funds. After the award we have received $2,000 from Plum Creek and $1,000 coming from Auto North in February.
Any help or information about the project may be obtained from Chief Young, at 802-266-8963 or firstname.lastname@example.org