Five volunteer firefighters with the Rist Canyon Fire Department had their homes burn and one of the department’s fire stations was destroyed during the High Park fire west of Fort Collins, Colorado. A relief fund has been established, all of which will be used for assisting firefighters, supporting the all-volunteer fire department, and replacing the volunteer’s lost wages while they have been fighting the fire. The Rist Canyon FD is one of two departments in Colorado that receives no mandated tax support according to NorthFortyNews. All of their funding comes from donations and fund raising events such as selling a cookbook.
You can donate at the Department’s web site through PayPal or send a check (payable to RCVFD) to Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Relief Fund, PO BOX 2, Bellvue CO 80512. Contributions are tax deductible.
Those people who don’t feel moved to donate money can go to a Facebook page created by 14-year old Arianna Van Fleet and express their gratitude to the first responders by leaving a comment or “liking” the page.