The Windsor Fire department was started in 1965 by a group of 11 volunteers who in their first year bought a 1954 Dodge 500 gallon pumper for $286 and responded to 45 calls for service. Compare that to present day and the Windsor Fire Protection District responds to well over 2000 call for service out of two 24hour staffed stations with a combination of career and volunteer staff. Over nearly a half century Windsor Fire and the comunity it serves has seen many changes. However one thing that has remained constant is that just like the original 11 volunteers the Windsor Fire family is still comprised of committed members with a strong sence of customer service and compassion.
The Windsor Fire Foundation (WFF) has been in existance under a few different titles for over thirty years and has served as a source of fundraising to help support the fire department and the comunity it serves. The WFF is comprised of members from the career firefighter association, volunteer firefighters and the administration.
The mission of the foundation is to support and fund projects that enrich the community and enhance the safety of our public. Some of the projects that the WFF is commited to serving and suporting are:
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is a California based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury.
The Every 15 minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school students, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature descisions and the impact those descisions have on family, friends and many others.
The Blood centers of the Pacific holds a Bucket brigade blood drive which challenges a friendly competition between fire departments to host a blood drive at their stations and battle one another who can get the most donors on their department’s behaf. Windsor fire has been the champions of sonoma county and there is no contender in sight to dethrone the champs.
The Victor Pozzi Scholarship program is offered to students at the Santa Rosa Junior College that are quailified and interested in pusuing a career in the fire service.
Windsor Fire Open House program, each year as a closing to national fire prevention week the Windsor Fire Protection District gives the community the keys to the station and everything in it. Children young and old are given tours of the firehouse, cooked a fire house meal, able to climb on and tour fire engines, play firefighting based games, witness a jaws of life demonstration, and taught fire safety through demonstratioons and speakers.
The American cancer society Relay for Life; at relay for life events, comunities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.