Below you will find a list of where the Association's money is used, both to support those in our
community who have suffered tragedies and to provide our members as much good gear as possible, so they
can do their jobs as efficiently and safely possible.
CSI Spanish Institute - 2012$100 was given as tuition reimbursement to a paid-on-call member who spent an unpaid week at the College of Southern Idaho's Summer Spanish Institute, improving their Spanish so they can better serve their constituents.
Advanced EMT Testing Fee - 2012$100 was given to a department member to cover their testing fee as they tested for (and became) an Advanced EMT.
Wildland Boot Reimbursement - 2012$200 was spent to reimburse members for expenses incurred buying boots to fight wildland fires in. The department is unable to purchase wildland boots for paid-on-call members so members must buy their own (which can easily run more than $400) if they wish to assist their community during wildfires.
Nozzle Replacement Program - 2012$2,600 was used to help WRFR purchase new nozzles for all apparatus. The new nozzles were deemed much safer for members to operate and more effective in fighting fire. When the department budget could not cover the whole nozzle upgrade, the Association pitched in $2,600.00.
Paraglider Accident Victim - 2012$500 to help with medical expenses was given to a paraglider who crash landed.
Burnout Fund - 2012$500 was given to a family who lost virtually all their belongings in a house fire in Gannett.
Injured Local Law Enforcement Officer - 2012$750 was provided to help with medical expenses incurred by a local law enforcement officer who suffered a severe neck injury when he was fallen on by a person falling off a second floor balcony.
Medical Travel Expenses - 2012$500 was provided to a local woman to assist with travel expenses incurred seeking medical treatment.
Wildland Boot Reimbursement - 2011$100 was spent to reimburse members for expenses incurred buying boots to fight wildland fires in. The department is unable to purchase wildland boots for paid-on-call members so members must buy their own (which can easily run more than $400) if they wish to assist their community during wildfires.
Medical Reference Books - 2011$144.39 was spent purchasing updated medical reference books for WRFR's three ambulances, allowing our providers to reference the most up to date information while providing care.
Jump Kits - 2011$1,275.25 was spent on purchasing and equipping EMS jump kits. These jump kits are carried by members so they can provide immediate care if they come across medical emergencies while not on duty.
Shoshone Fire - 2011$500 was given to Shoshone Fire Department in memory of a Shoshone firefighter's child who passed away.
Medical Expenses - 2011$500 was donated to a local woman to assist with extremely high medical expenses.
Sportsgrants - 2011$250 was donated to the Sportsgrants Foundation.
National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial - 2011$500 was donated to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial.
Burnout Fund - 2011A Bellevue woman who lost all her belonging in a house fire in Bellevue was given $500.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - 2011$150 was donated tot he Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Craig Adamson Memorial Fund - 2011$500 was donated to the memorial fund set up for Craig Adamson, Carey local and Carey Fire Chief, who was killed in a gasoline tanker explosion.
Fire Training - 2010$185 was spent to send paid-on-call members to an out of area fire training that could not be afforded within the regular department budget.
High School Scholarship - 2010$500 was awarded as a scholarship to a local high school student to use for further education.
EMS Jump Kits - 2010$1,848 was spent purchasing and stocking Emergency Medical Services jump kits for department members. These jump kits are carried in member's vehicles allowing them to provide critical first aid care when they happen upon accidents or life threatening medical problems.
Wildland Boot Reimbursement - 2010$300 was spent to reimburse members for expenses incurred buying boots to fight wildland fires in. The department is unable to purchase wildland boots for paid-on-call members so members must buy their own (which can easily run more than $400) if they wish to assist their community during wildfires.
Winter Jackets - 2010$95 was spent on winter jackets for department members.
Funeral Expenses - 2010$500 was given toward funeral expenses for an infant who died suddenly.
Rollover Victim - 2010$500 was donated to the victim of a motor vehicle rollover to assist with medical bills.
Rollover Victim / Education Fund - 2010The family of a rollover victim was given $500 toward an education fund for the victim's children.
Stranded Family Assitance - 2010$409.64 was paid to the Car Doctor to assist a stranded family with vehicle repairs.
Hospital Bill Assistance - 2010A local woman was given $500 to assist with extremely large hospital bills.
Funeral Expenses - 2010$500 was donated to help a family with funeral expenses following the unexpected death of their infant.
Fire Emergency - 2010$500 was donated to teh displaced victims of a structure fire.
Family Emergency Donation - $500$500 was donated to the family of a local man who was found deceased in his home.
Burnout Fund - 2010$500 was donated to the house fire victim.
Avalanche Victim - 2010$500 was donated to the wife and son of a local man killed in an avlanche on Bald Mountain.
POW MIA Awareness - 2009$500 was donated to the POW MIA Awareness Corp. of Pocatello. As our local chapter of in promoting POW MIA Awareness on a national level, their members also participated in a joint fund raiser with WRFRFFA to raise money and awareness of POW PFC Bowe Bergdahl, a Hailey native, currently held in Afghanistan.
Accident Victim Repatriation - 2009$500 was donated to assist families of three motor vehicle accident victims in returning the victims' bodies to their native Peru. (Mt. Express story)
Motor Vehicle Accident Victim - 2009$500 was donated the victim of a motor vehicle accident at Ohio Gulch and Highway 75. The victim was seriously injured but did survive the accident. (Full Mt. Express story by clicking here).
Accident Victim's Family - 2009$500 was donated to the family of one of the victims of a triple fatality motor vehicle accident south of Timmerman Hill; the donation was for emergency cash to cover living and funeral expenses. (Click here for full Mt. Express story).
Hunger Coalition - 2009$500 was donated to The Hunger Coalition. Like many charities The Hunger Coalition is faced with a challenging fund raising environment and increased needs for their services.
Motorcycle Accident Victim - 2009$500 was given by the Association to a memorial fund set up in memory of Tony Elfering who was suffered a fatal motorcycle accident out Muldoon Canyon. The donation was to the Elfering Education Memorial Fund to support his childrens' education (Mt Express article here).
Motorcycle Accident Victim - 2009$500 was given by the Association to the family of motorcycle accident victim Greg Cordovano (Mt Express article here).
Valley Wide Fire Training - 2009$500 was donated to assist local departments in bringing in a high quality, out of area speaker (Tim Sendelbach) for a valley wide class.
Technical Rescue Training - 2009$240 was given by the Association to a WRFR firefighter to attend Swift Water Rescue training in Stanley through Wilderness Rescue International.
Blaine County Firewise - 2009$342 was donated to Blaine County Firewise for the purchase of street address numbers to be given away free to the public at the Wildfire Festival.
Life Flight Membership - 2009For another year the Association funded air ambulance memberships, this time through Air St. Luke's. These memberships cover any and all expenses that members or their immediate families might incur if they need to use any of the affiliated rotor or fixed wing air ambulance services in the area. Many insurance policies do not fully cover this very exensive but necessary medical service; a membership makes sure no Association member hurt or ill on or off the job has to worry about that expense.
Accident Victim - 2009$500 was donated to the victim of a vehicle totalling accident..
Burnout Fund - 2009The Association donated $500 to a family who suffered a major fire in Zinc Spur in February.
Hunger Coalition - 2008The Association donated $500 - and ran a food drive at our Christmas Party - to support The Hunger Coalition of Blaine County to support them in a time of increased demands and decreased donations.
Stanley Fire Chief - 2008The Association made a $500 donation to Stanley Fire Chief Andy Gunderson who is battling cancer.
Accident Victim - 2008The Association made a donation to the Hunt/Hedrick/David Children's Fund set up to support the children of Gary Hunt, who passed away in a vehicle accident this spring.
Accident Victim - 2008The Association made a donation to a fund set up by the family of Pauline Hoagland-Richardson who passed away in a double fatality car wreck at the beginning of June, 2008.
Accident Victim - 2008The Association made a donation to the family of Brooke Selisch to help cover funeral costs; Brooke passed away in a double fatality car wreck at the beginning of June, 2008.
Leadership Training - 2008The Association supported two top tier instructors brought into the Wood River Valley for a weekend of fire strategy and tactics and fireground leadership training. This kind of quality training is not always in Wood River Fire & Rescue's budget and the Association generously made up the difference in the fees to bring these great instructors into the valley where everyone could benefit.
Tuition Reimbursement - 2008The Association partially reimbursed a member who had put herself through Paramedic school on her own finances. This accelerated school can cost upward of $10,000 when tuition, books, internship fees, lost wages and travel time are calculated in. The Association was able to reimburse the member for a small portion of that cost.
Burnout Fund - 2008The Association gave $500 to the victim of a fire on Pioneer View Drive out Croy Canyon. While the department was able to save the contents of the downstairs barn, the resident of the upstairs apartment lost virtually everything... we hope a small contribution will help her get back on her feet.
Life Flight Membership - 2008For a third year running the Association funded air ambulance memberships, this time through Air St. Luke's. For more details, see above.
Tuition Reimbursement - 2007The Association partially reimbursed a member who had put themselves through Paramedic school on their own finances. For details, see description above.
Lawn mower accident - 2007The Association made a donation to the family of a young girl who was involved in an accident involving a riding mower, suffering extensive trauma to her leg.
Wildland goggles for firefighters - 2007
Flashlights for firefighters - 2007The Association purchased powerful, right angle Streamlight flashlights for each member of the department. On both wildland and structure fires, heavy smoke can make moving around very difficult, and while there are powerful flashlights on each fire apparatus there aren't always enough to go around. This purchase allows firefighters to move more quickly more safely, allowing for greater life safety and conservation of property.
Life Flight Membership - 2007Life Flight memberships for all Association members through Air St. Lukes. For more details, see above.
Officer Glenn fund - 2006Idaho State Trooper Chris Glenn was shot in the neck and paralyzed after stopping an alleged armed robber. The Association made a donation to the Trooper Glenn fund.
Additional EMS Jump Kits - 2006Additional personal jump kits were purchased as the membership roster expanded, boasting more EMT's than before. Click here for more details on the jump kits.
Loss of a parent - 2006The Association made a donation to the scholarship fund of a family of three who had recently lost their father to a sudden medical problem. The family's mother had passed away previously, and they were going to be raised by their grandparents.
Tuition Reimbursement - 2006The Association partially reimbursed a member who had put themselves through Paramedic school on their own finances. For details, see description above.
Life Flight Membership - 2006Life Flight memberships for all Association members through Air St. Lukes. For more details, see above.
Valley View Apartments fire - 2005The Association made donations of pre-paid Atkinsons Grocery to families that were burned by the fire in the Valley View Apartments in Hailey.
Tuition Reimbursement - 2005The Association partially reimbursed two members who had put themselves through Paramedic school on their own finances. For details, see description above.
Carey car wreck - 2005The Association made a donation to a fund set up for victims of a head on car wreck with fatalities that occurred east of Carey.
Tuition Reimbursement - 2004The Association partially reimbursed a member who had put himself through Paramedic school on his own finances. For details, see description above.
Jump kits for firefighters - 2003
EMS jump kits
EMS jump kits
Family emergency fund
2009POW / MIA
Valley Wide Fire Training
Tech Rescue Training
Blaine County Firewise
Stanley fire chief
Additional jump kits
EMS jump kits