jawsThis year, our fundraising project is the replacement of our Jaws of Life ($28,000) and substantial progress towards replacing our 1985 pumper truck ($72,000). As you have done before, a $100 donation today from each property owner will go a long way toward meeting our goal.

Last year, 29.5% of Trinity Center Community Services District (TCCSD) property owners donated to the department and 18.6% of the total donation amount came from out-of-district.

Trinity Center VFD is a department of TCCSD. The District operates on property tax budget of about $58,000 a year, of which $28,200 is spent on district fire hydrant maintenance, street lighting, and financial management. The remaining budget is allocated to the VFD’s normal operating expenses and the purchase of small assets. We need your help for these larger purchases.

Why are new Jaws needed? Due to Congressional mandates, cars built after 2007 must have “advanced” passenger protection. One consequence is that newer vehicles use metals that require ten times more cutting strength than our current Jaws can produce.

Why a new pumper truck? Our 30-year-old Engine 1123 has a small, 350-gallon water tank and a 500-gallon-per-minute pump, with limited effectiveness for dealing with rural brush and structure fires.

During our recent ISO insurance audit, we learned that our engine’s small tank and pump capacity negatively impacted our overall score. While we retained our excellent rating, it is time to upgrade this engine. The fire district’s ISO score is extremely important to you when you purchase fire insurance for your home.