The Wintergreen Fire Department's 2017 Annual Fund Drive mailing went out in late April. Chief Curtis Sheets notes in his comments to the Wintergreen community:
"It's easy to simply focus on the large purchases such as fire engines and tankers. What gets lost is the cost of protective gear, breathing apparatus, and thermal imaging cameras. Last year we replaced three cameras at $10,000 each. These cameras help us find you in a smoke-filled room and they help us minimize the damage to your home when trying to find the source of smoke.
"We are required to replace our breathing apparatus by 2020. This will cost us over $200,000. Yes, you read that correctly, $200,000!
"We need your help so we can continue to help you. Please do what you can. No gift is too small, and all are tax-deductible."