You might ask why should I donate to the DOVFD? As you have read above, we rely on fundraising and donations for over half of our yearly budget. We need your donations to be able to operate on a daily basis and to provide the best fire and medical services to our town. The costs of operating a fire department are high. You will see some photos
of things that rely on your donations. Some of these involve the daily operation of the department and others involve things that benefit the town and its residents. We rely on your donations to be able to provide these services and to expand our services in the future. All of these services are provided by dedicated volunteers. This saves the town money because you are not paying taxes for a fully staffed fire department 24/7. Instead we are able to provide a similar and in some cases even higher level of service than you would find with many paid departments. Our response times in our district are within 6 minutes, trained personnel respond appropriately to deal with a problem, and we provide services above and beyond what many other departments provide. You won't see many fire departments removing debris from a closed roadway after severe weather, or bringing Santa Claus around on the fire truck to visit the kids. We also rely on donations to help equip or firefighters with personal protective clothing and safety equipment. The safety of our members is our number 1 priority! The information and features we provide here on our web site are also supported by your donations. All of the design and maintenance on the website is done on volunteer time from our webmaster. Donations help offset the costs of web hosting and equipment for our live dispatch audio
server. These are just some examples of what is made possible through your donations. Thank you for your support and we will continue to strive to provide you the service you deserve!