The foundation is laid, and Pickton-Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department in the near future hopes to build on it a new fire station to help them respond in all portions of their fire district.
In order to support those efforts, PPFVFD will be holding another photo fundraiser in the coming weeks. Marketing representatives from the company contracted to take the 11- by 17-inch family portraits are slated to begin, taking orders by the end of the week, going door to door in the department’s coverage area. Company reps, not PPFVFD members, will conduct their campaign over the course of the next few weeks. Photos are expected to be scheduled sometime in the latter part of April, after Easter, according to PPFVFD Chief Mark Sustaire.
This marks the second time in as many years that PPFVFD has hosted a photo fundraiser to help support fire department operations. In July 2007, the volunteer firemen sold pictures through JBT Marketing Inc. to raise money to finish outfitting a new rescue truck. This year, the funds will go toward construction of a building on the new station site.
The department’s members have worked since a November fundraiser to acquire all of the land needed for the station, some of which was donated. Last week, concrete was poured at the new site in Pickton, just across from the post office. After the concrete has had time to cure and the photo fundraising efforts are concluded, the new structure will be built from a kit the department purchased.
“We, the volunteers would like to say thank you for your past support. We always need your help,” Sustaire says in advance to the loyal residents of Pickton and Pine Forest communities for their continued sponsorship. “ We would appreciate your support of this most worthwhile project. ... Remember, we are here to serve you. It is through the efforts of people such as you that make this life saving service possible.”
Questions pertaining to the PPFVFD fundraiser or expansion may be directed to Mark Sustaire at 903-348-3652.
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