Firehouse Magazine Makes $20,000 Donation to Box 55
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
Box 55 provides refreshments and support to first responders while they respond to incidents in the field.
Nashville, TN (August 8, 2018) – The publishers of Firehouse Magazine donated $20,000 to the Nashville Fire Buffs Box 55 organization.
Box 55 is a 501 (c) 3 created in 1952 to serve the men and women of the Nashville Fire Department. Now, the organization provides refreshment and scene support to NFD, Metro Police, EMS and OEM. Box 55 operates 24 hour a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Box 55 responds to all working fires and by special request to other emergency situations such as search and rescue, SWAT, Haz-Mat, major Motor Vehicle Accidents and other extended operations.
Firehouse Magazine CEO Chris Ferrell along with Ed Nichols Vice President of Events for Endeavor Business Media presented the donation to Box 55 President and former NFD Director Chief Buck Dozier.
“We deeply appreciate all of the organizations and people who support us,” Dozier said. “We do all of our work with no administrative costs so 100% of every dollar goes to helping Box 55 serve the first responders of Davidson County.”
The substantial donation is the largest single donation to Box 55 and comes ahead of Firehouse Expo 2018 at the Music City Center in Nashville beginning October 16.
Firehouse Expo is the leading trade show and expo for the fire industry. During the four day event behind the scenes tools are featured as well as training, equipment and exposure to the ideas and inspiration firefighters need to be the best, the brightest and bravest in the business, according to event details from Firehouse Magazine.
“Firehouse is delighted to support the important work Box 55 does for the fire service in Davidson County,” Ferrell said. “We are grateful for the support from Box 55 and the NFD to the Firehouse Expo, which is back in Nashville for the third year.”
NFD Director Chief William Swann joined Firehouse leadership during the check presentation.
“It is always a great day when the Nashville Fire Department can work with the IAFF Local 140 to secure a donation such as this one for the members of Box 55,” NFD Director Chief William Swann said. “This donation will benefit Box 55, but will also have a positive impact on all the organizations that benefit from the selfless support of these volunteers.”
As the demands and definitions of rehab continue to change, Box 55 is dedicated to changing and growing with them. The organization’s goal is to respond quickly when called and to provide rehabilitation and re-hydration to the fire department.