President's Message [Joe O'Brien]
Greetings and welcome to 2024!
2023 was another very busy year for Box 15, and our active volunteers have shown their commitment and appreciation to all the firefighters and first responders that serve our communities. I greatly appreciate and thank our active members for their service and dedication.
I would also like to thank our generous donors; we were very fortunate to get several donations of cash or products. The donations we receive go back 100% into serving the firefighters in our communities. Thanks to Servpro of Delaware, Servpro of Northeast Columbus, Bailfish LLC, and Campbell Restoration provide us with a pipeline to bottled water, we passed out nearly 17k bottles of water again this year. MSC corporation continues to help us and several other Rehab groups with Gatorade Products. Last Drip Drop QRS has been amazing in donating the Hydration product.
Please consider reviewing our statistics and other donors further in the report to understand our complete use of what we received.
The Firehouse EXPO returned to Columbus, and we had the privilege of working at HOT training and the Expo Hall. The expo really does give us a chance to share ideas and practices of Rehab with other departments around the country, we are always looking for ideas or innovations to help the firefighters we support. We also picked up some new cooling devices to try out this summer as well as some smaller tools we can use on our trucks.
This year Rehab 2 our oldest truck and most active had some issues causing our operating expenses to run higher this year. Fortunately, since we updated our fleet over the last few years, we were able to keep our trucks in service.
The Campbell Restoration’s 3rd Annual Box 15 Golf Outing was another huge success, the event also raised money for the Brotherhood Drive that supports firefighters’ families directly.
Thank You to those who support us, Box 15, and our mission.
Box 15 President
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The Box 15 is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing Canteen and Firefighter Rehabilitation Services, and to support, as best we can, in every practical way, the work of our "first line of defense against the ravages of fire" - the men and women of the fire service.
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