About Us (Mission, Annual Reports & Historical Archives)

 Box 15 Mission Statement:

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.

 President's Message [Joe O'Brien]

Hello and welcome to 2021!

 

2020 was a very different year for all of us, given the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The beginning of 2021 still feels the same. We made several adjustments during the year in order to provide Rehab to the departments we serve, while keeping everyone healthy.

 

Normally Box 15 members would attend a monthly business/training meeting at a local Fire Station. In March we had to go virtual and used Google Meets to hold our meetings. We still responded to incidents and training events with the Fire Departments, while wearing PPE and distancing.  Last summer’s heatwaves, had us on duty 44 days for over 764 volunteer hours, to perform extreme weather standbys. 

 

The number of incidents we responded to in 2020 was about the same as 2019, though we did see a large drop in civic events as they all were cancelled due to the pandemic.  Social distancing forced us to cancel our fundraising apparel sales, however we did find a few other ways to raise funds and obtain Grants.

 

Our team of dedicated volunteers staffed our trucks for over 2,000 hours. This commitment shows our appreciation to all of the firefighters and first responders that serve our communities. I greatly appreciate and thank our active members for their service and dedication. 

 

Please review our statistics, the numbers which reflect the volume of products we dispensed. We are very fortunate to have generous businesses and personal donations that provide us with water, sports drinks, and equipment. The financial donations help us with the cost of other supplies and maintenance of our trucks.

 

In November we were able to order a new Rehab truck to replace our oldest truck, Rehab 3, which is a 24-year-old vehicle. The new truck is expected to be in service by late spring 2021.  

 

We are very proud to say all donations/Grants we receive, or funds raised during apparel sales, goes back to our first responders, again thank you to those who support us. As we look forward to 2021, we will continue to serve the men and women in public safety whenever and wherever we’re needed. 

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