Bakersfield VFD 4th Annual Golf Tournament for website

VEC Community Fund Donation Supports Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department Emergency Radio Equipment

September 27, 2018

Johnson, VT - The Vermont Electric Co-op’s Community Fund was recently a main sponsor of the Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament, which was held to raise money for upgraded radio equipment to improve emergency communications in the Bakersfield area.

The VEC Community Fund’s $500 donation to the August 24 tournament – which drew over 18 teams with 70 people - was one of several donations toward the event from local organizations.

“The Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department works very closely with Vermont Electric Co-op providing assistance during weather related emergencies and relying on the Co-op to help secure utilities during a structure fire – and this new equipment will add to our ability to do that, among many other benefits,” said Robert Willey, the assistant fire chief of the Bakersfield Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Robert Willey. “Besides the VEC fund donation, we had support from Gervais Family Farm, Suburban Propane, and Peoples Trust Company and other sponsors – and we want to thank them all for making this tournament such a success.”

Specifically, the money generated by the golf tournament will be used to purchase radio equipment which will boost the signal received from emergency dispatch offices in St. Albans and improve communications with members of the Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department as well as other agencies. 

The VEC Community Fund – supported solely through contributions from VEC members who choose to participate by donating their patronage capital, making a direct donation, or rounding up their electric bills and donating the difference – is intended to strengthen the community by supporting organizations that promote economic security, energy education, emergency/disaster relief, and community development. The concept underscores a basic cooperative principle of neighbor-helping-neighbor.

Organizations seeking funding from VEC’s Community Fund can apply any time here: https://www.vermontelectric.coop/grant-application. The fund’s allocation committee reviews applications quarterly, and makes allocations within two weeks of the close of the quarter. You can learn more about VEC’s Community Fund, including how to support it, here: https://www.vermontelectric.coop/community-resources/community-fund

About Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department

The Bakersfield Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating 50 years of service to the residents of Bakersfield. Currently the department has 18 volunteer members who respond to an average of 50-55 calls for service annually. In addition to fire suppression and protection, the department also has several members who are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who first respond to medical emergencies in the town before the arrival of an ambulance.