If you’ve followed our blog, you know that concert week has usually come to mean getting to know our partners, or sometimes, a funny post about dress rehearsal (when nerves and hilarity are at an all time combined high). We’ll have the funnies later, but first up this week as we approach Everyday Heroes, the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, one of our two local partners in this concert for a cause to support the everyday heroes in our community. (The other local partner is the Vienna Police Department, we’ll have more on them later this week.)
Did you know that of all the fire departments in Fairfax County, the VVFD is one of four that is self-funded? And that a major source of income is the bingo games the VVFD hosts? That’s right, their ability to respond to your 911 calls or pay off the newly purchased apparatus is funded by revenue that they have to work hard to earn (as opposed to having it earmarked clearly and more effortlessly through government funding). And they’re all volunteers.
Humbling, isn’t it?
Read on to learn more about the people at VVFD, Fire Station 402.
VCS: What’s the first thing you want your community to know about the VVFD?
VVFD: We are a community focused non-profit organization. We own all our equipment and our building, and the donations we get from the community help pay for these expensive items. We volunteer our time not only to help save lives and property, but to raise money to also save taxpayer dollars.
VCS: What’s your favorite part of the job?
VVFD: When we help someone and make a difference in their lives. The thank you cards and visits from people we’ve helped always solidifies the reward.
VCS: What’s a hard day on the job?
VVFD: Sometimes, we go from call to call without a break, into the wee hours of the night. Throw a real fire into that mix and it can get exhausting, however, we do what it takes to get the job done.
VCS: What makes you get back up the next day and report in to work?
VVFD: As volunteers, we signed up to do this work for no pay, so we already have that sense of duty. The career personnel have the same sense, like a calling, to help out and respond to emergencies.
VCS: Cliches about fire stations and fire personnel – go!
VVFD: “Firefighting – one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.” When running a call with neighboring fire stations, after the call, firefighters will usually part by saying, “See you on the big one!”
We hope you’ll come out to see our concert this weekend—not just to hear us sing, but to honor these men and women who put their lives on the line out of a sense of duty, and keep us (and cats in trees) safe. Come meet the men and women of the VVFD, and if all the planets align, check out the apparatus. Kids are welcome to explore.
We sing Someone To Watch Over Me: Everyday Heroes – 4:30 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Vienna Baptist Church – in partnership with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, the Vienna Police Department, and the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.
Tickets are $25/adults, $20/seniors (65+) and students (15 – 18), and free to youth (14 and below, and with a paying audience member).
Tickets are now on sale through choir members or online at http://vcs-heroes.eventbrite.com/