Jan Payne, Cathy Ozbun, Greg Hidley, Pat Landis, Brian Kramer, Sheana Fry, Barbara Nigro, Kathy Payne and Ron Ozbun
You have probably heard of us, but we wanted to give you more information about our organization. The Fire Plugs were incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 corporation in 2013 for the main purpose of fundraising for our volunteer fire department. At the time, Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) was unsure of its future due to finances. Our current Chief had retired and we were looking for a part-time Chief because that is what we could afford. We were fortunate in the hiring of Chief Rick Marinelli who took control of the finances. He negotiated additional funds from the County of San Diego to subsidize our ambulance service and secure the subsidy necessary for operations of the department.
The Fire Plugs began by holding several Arts & Crafts Fairs. These fairs served several purposes. They raised funds, created a venue for local artisans to showcase their wares, and gave tourists the opportunity to buy local hand-crafted items. The profits from these events were donated to JCFPD to purchase protection gear for our volunteer firefighters.
In 2015, we organized a mass mailing to property owners asking for donations. This project resulted in over $38,000 in donations, all of which went into the general reserves for the District.
During 2016-17, the Fire Plugs have undertaken several new projects to assist with the completion of our new fire station. We secured donations of office furniture and new beds and mattresses. We created a custom Donor Tree for installation in the new fire station under construction. The Donor Tree holds 240 leaves that can be engraved with the names of people who have donated $250 or more toward the completion of the new station. Another mass mailing went to every resident in the District, asking for donations and these funds will go toward the purchase of furniture, linens, pots, plates, utensils, etc. We also established a Gift Registry at Target for residents to purchase some of the items necessary to set up housekeeping and turn the station into comfortable living quarters. The Gift Registry can be accessed through the official website: JFCPD.com.
Finally, the Fire Plugs are assisting JCFPD in the planning of a Grand Open House. This event will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have a program that will include music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks, cooked and served by volunteer firefighters and Julian Fire Plugs. This event is free and all residents of Julian and Cuyamaca are invited to come, bring children and enjoy a celebration that has been a long time coming. Please join us and be prepared for a day of fun and entertainment.