Chop­tank Trans­port do­nates $5K to lo­cal fire de­part­ments

Dorchester Star - - TIDES / NEWS -

PRE­STON — The pan­demic has dis­rupted com­mu­ni­ties across the United States in many ways. Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ments, for ex­am­ple, rely heav­ily on an­nual fundrais­ers, but be­cause of COVID-19, they have not been able to hold their events.

Chop­tank Trans­port, a lo­cal third-party lo­gis­tics provider, and one of the largest busi­nesses in Caro­line County do­nated a thou­sand dol­lars to each of five area fire de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Pre­ston,

Eas­ton, Cam­bridge, and Den­ton.

Chris Hash, trea­surer at Eas­ton’s Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, said the losses of rev­enue from their an­nual fundrais­ing events are sig­nif­i­cant. On July 10, for the first time in three and a half months, they held a bingo night.

“That is about $15,000 of lost rev­enue for the Fire Depart­ment,” Hash said. “Our Septem­ber golf tour­na­ment is in ques­tion too, along with our Oc­to­ber 3 beer fes­ti­val.

Trappe, If you add those up, we will be miss­ing out on about $55,000 this year.”

The Cam­bridge Res­cue Fire Com­pany also re­lies heav­ily on its seafood fes­ti­val every sum­mer. This year, they have had to can­cel it. Ac­cord­ing to the fire com­pany, it is the largest event of the year, bring­ing in funds of be­tween $15,000 and $20,000.

“Fundrais­ers are the lifeblood that helps keep fire de­part­ments op­er­a­tional,” said Chop­tank Trans­port

Pres­i­dent & CEO Geoff Turner. “This crit­i­cal rev­enue stream has been com­pro­mised since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic. Fundrais­ers pro­vide up­dated equip­ment, daily op­er­a­tional costs, sup­plies, and main­te­nance — with­out them, these es­sen­tial ser­vices will suf­fer. We felt com­pelled to make these do­na­tions.”

To­day’s fire de­part­ments do much more than just put out fires. Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in Fi­nance, “One of the most sig­nif­i­cant and widely rec­og­nized changes in the fire and res­cue ser­vice is that on av­er­age, most calls to fires de­part­ments now are for med­i­cal emer­gen­cies and not fires, run­ning about 80 per­cent EMS to 20 per­cent fire.”

U.S. News and World Re­port states that the can­cel­la­tion of fundrais­ers poses a sig­nif­i­cant threat to fire de­part­ments, and ac­cord­ing to lo­cal ac­counts, it seems to be the case in the Mid-Shore com­mu­ni­ties as well.

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