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Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation

When tragedy strikes our community, Colorado's fire fighters are the first to respond. Sometimes those tragedies happen to our fire fighters. The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation was founded in 2002 by fire fighters who recognized the tremendous void left in the lives of Colorado fire fighters when tragedy strikes. The founders realized the men and women who sacrifice their lives, or are injured while saving others, leave families with very real emotional and financial needs.

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Assistance to Fire Fighters

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The assistance to fire fighters program is to provide charitable and educational aid and support to Colorado fire fighters who are the victims of tragedy in Colorado resulting in death, severe loss of property or severe personal injury. The long term goal of the assistance to fire fighters program is to return injured fire fighters back to good health that allows them to return to full, active duty. The long term goal for those fire fighters who have died is to allow the surviving family a soon as possible recovery to normal life while providing an education to the surviving children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The CPFF Foundation has granted $252,000 to 45 Firefighters, Firefighter Families, and the Community. The CPFF Foundation granted $120,000 to 15 Volunteer Fire Fighters who lost their homes in the 2012 High Park Wild Fire. Thank you notes were received from each of the firefighters noting how the grants helped them return to their normal life.

Funerals are paid when a fire fighter dies while employed (four in this fiscal year). Medical hardships receive financial assistance with medical bills. With this program, Colorado's fire fighters receive financial assistance to help reduce the impact of these tragedies. It is the goal of this program to help the people who help us in our time of need through their time of need.

One of our charter board members developed cancer while serving the community in his role as Lieutenant with a neighboring fire department. The financial assistance the Foundation provided allowed him to focus on his treatment , healing, and return to health, and eventually to active duty where he still serves the community as a fire truck Lieutenant. Under Colorado law, when a firefighter develops cancer it is assumed that the cancer is work related and therefore covered by workers compensation insurance. When the workers compensation insurance eventually settled and paid his claim, the Board Director was the first to return all grant money given to him back to the Foundation.

Randy Atkinson Memorial Scholarship

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

Ten, $1000 educational scholarships to children of fire fighters. Applicants complete general information form and complete an essay, "The Firefighter's Role in the Community and our Country". The selection committee is the board of directors. Two years in existence, each year received 20+ applications.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Programm success is measured by the number of applicants. Since starting the program two years ago, the foundation receives 20+ applications per year. Scholarships are awarded based upon knowledge gained throughout the application process and an essay written by the student. Over the last two years ten $1000 scholarships were awarded to students.

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