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What are you doing to find funds for your team?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by crls, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. ChainSaw0069

    ChainSaw0069 Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Salisbury Maryland
    Lack of funding is on everyones mind at the time. Are any teams / departments billing to make the hook on a vehicle that is recovered? I read somewhere that a team was doing that and the tow company billed for it on their invoice. How much are they charging and how are they coming up with the price. Like most others on here we are looking at funding options.
  2. crls

    crls Public Safety Diver

    a Pandora Box!

    sensibilize (aware) the community could be an answer!

    but, we can't totally discard any suggestion that could lead a better mean of funding and ergo service for the community.
  3. imwright1985

    imwright1985 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: West Palm Beach, FLorida
    was talking with some of the people from a student club i was with (our school provided us no funding but it was an applicable club to the engineering field) one of the things they did was had different businesses turn over some of their profits for a day ie. one of the garages gave us $2 for every oil change that day $5 for a full brake job. We got stuck promoting the fund raiser the business saw an increase in profit for the day and following days and gave us a check for a cut of the revinue
  4. Yotsie

    Yotsie Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Modesto, CA
    We were looking at billing the Irrigation Districts, since most of our vehicle recoveries are out of their canals. It was quickly shot down when our Risk Management felt it would put us in a commercial mode and be subject to both state and federal OSHA requirements.

    We now recover vehicles if there is reason to believe there is a body inside, or is stolen and has some evidentiary value. Needless to say, once this went into effect, our vehicle recovery numbers dropped.
  5. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    Bummer Yotsie. No cash for sunkers.:D
  6. grumpie

    grumpie Nassau Grouper

    One of my SO teams just got a HLS grant for big bucks, It seems like their still doing grant money, if your lucky
  7. grumpie

    grumpie Nassau Grouper

    Dont bill for hooks, but if the tow contr. wants to make a cash donation to your dive team. We have loaded trucks from time to time to clear the right away faster and get donations from tow contractor.
  8. 200 Bar

    200 Bar Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Tampa
    There is major issues just asking for that donation.....:no:
  9. grumpie

    grumpie Nassau Grouper

    not if you have a ( close working group) relationship with the tow cont. Do you do training with them? We dont do on the job training. We train with them on training days so that we both are on the same page, like hand signals, how our radios work and such. We also carry frame hooks and J hooks and some types of straps and slinges. we find that its easy for us to train with this type of equipment on our own, with out tieing up a tow truck.
  10. BladesRobinson

    BladesRobinson ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    This department is taking pretty drastic measures to raise funds. They are selling off four of their vehicles, including the dive truck!

    The board of directors has taken the following steps in an effort to adopt a fiscally responsible budget for 2010. The following changes will take effect in the 2010 budget:

    Cut full time position of the Fire Inspector.
    All employees will be required to pay 100 percent of dependant health insurance coverage (currently the district pays 50 percent of dependant coverage)
    Engine 951 (Station 5) will be removed from service and sold
    Engine 961 (Station 6) will be removed from service and sold
    The dedicated dive team truck will be removed from service and sold
    The rescue truck at Station #2 will be removed from service
    A brush truck at Station #1 will be removed from service
    Existing Utility Vehicle (pick up truck) will be sold

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