Chagrin Falls Fire Department Fundraiser

About Us

Who We Are

 
 Since 1934 the Chagrin Falls Suburban Volunteer Fireman’s Association (CFSVFA), a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation, has provided Fire protection and Emergency Medical Services to Chagrin Valley residents and businesses.  


Your Fire Department respectfully asks for you to consider a contribution to our “Help Us Help You” campaign to raise funds for a renovation of our fire station. 

  

The Renovation

This renovation will provide additional capacity for our growing personnel needs as well as an expansion of our service bays. The projected cost of the renovations is $700,000. The CFSVFA has committed $200,000 of our capital funds for the project, leaving an ambitious goal of raising $500,000 in this campaign.  Our current Fire Station was built in 1986 when the on duty staffing was much lower than it is today. Since that time, we have also acquired additional pieces of equipment to help us serve the Chagrin Valley. We are seeking your support for this much-needed renovation which would include: 

  • Expansion of our training room to accommodate our current roster of 50 firefighters  
  • Additional dormitory space to accommodate on duty personnel 
  • Dedicated shower and locker room facilities for our female firefighters and EMS personnel 
  • Improved access to the apparatus bays to improve speed and safety of response 
  • Renovated kitchen facilities for on duty personnel 
  • The addition of service bays to provide indoor storage for fire and EMS vehicles that are currently stored outside year-round  

Help Us Help You

We are the first people you call when you are experiencing an emergency and we respond with a steadfast sense of pride and compassion that has come to define your Fire Department.


 
 Now we need your help. 


 Please consider joining the community leaders listed below in making a 100% tax deductible donation to your fire department. No contribution is too small and we welcome and appreciate anything you can offer. Thank you for your consideration.      


As always, we remain, proud to serve. 


Frank Zugan, Chief  CVSFD  

Lt. Andrew Boylan, President    CVSFD 

    

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Scott and Cherie Friedman

Bentleyville


John P. Lennon

Chagrin Falls Township



Dr. Thomas and Katherine Collins

South Russell


Dave and Peggi Trimble

Moreland Hills


Rick Doody

Hunting Valley


Karl and Abby Maersch

Chagrin Falls

Contribute

Your generous gift will help us make this renovation a reality.  Check below for the answers to frequently asked questions. 


We appreciate your support! 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

 The Chagrin Falls Suburban Fire Department is a 501c4 non-profit organization. Your  contribution is fully tax deductible.  

Have you sought other funding sources?

  Yes, we are seeking a $70,000 grant from FEMA to install a diesel particulate removal system in the fire station to reduce cancer risk to our firefighters. A generous Chagrin Falls Township resident provided funds to build the Safety Forces Wellness Center adjacent to the fire station. As mentioned, we have allocated $200,000 from our capital budget (several years of saving) to support this project as well.  

Isn’t the fire department operated by the village government?

  No. The villages of South Russell, Moreland Hills, Hunting Valley, Bentleyville, and Chagrin Falls Township contract with the Chagrin Falls Suburban Fire Department to provide Fire Protection and EMS services to their communities. The Village of Chagrin Falls contracts only for EMS services.   

Why is this needed now?

  The renovation will reduce response times by providing added indoor storage for Fire and EMS response vehicles that are currently stored outside. In addition the need for staffing of the Fire Department has grown with greater call volumes each year. We have outgrown our current space with only two 10 x 10 bedrooms for the four firefighters on duty 24 hours per day. This also creates challenges for the female firefighters on the crew. These renovations will also add two bedrooms, a new kitchen, showers, bathrooms, storage, and locker space. Our updated classroom space will be used for community CPR classes, child fire safety education, EMS training and daily meetings.   

Why do we need your support?

  Your Fire Protection and EMS services are funded through your respective communities via 3 year contracts with the Chagrin Falls Suburban Fire Department. The funding we receive from the communities pays for on duty Fire and EMS personnel, maintenance and the purchasing of emergency vehicles. This type of funding system has allowed your per capita cost to remain the lowest in the Valley. What the funding doesn’t cover is large bricks and mortar capital projects. Instead of increasing contract costs to pay for this type of project we feel it would be better funded through community support with a onetime tax deductible donation.