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2022 Vehicle Raffle
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department

12/12/2022

OPVFD concludes annual Vehicle Raffle Fundraiser- nets $49,804.60.

Ticket #1026 was drawn and the winner has been contacted. Proceeds from this raffle benefit the departments fire engine replacement fund. 

Ocean Pines, December 13. The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department concluded their annual vehicle raffle fundraiser on Saturday December 10, 2022, at the conclusion of an Open House held at the South Station. Volunteer members of the department have spent over 10 months selling tickets for a 2022 Ford Bronco Sport that was purchased from Pittsville Ford.

The funds raised from this raffle go toward updating and replacing the department fire engines.  The OPVFD currently has a fire engine that is scheduled to be replaced and as with everything, the cost has increased significantly.

Having modern fire engines are a requirement of the National Fire Protection Association as they have a standard that stipulates how long a fire engine can be used:

Retirement of Fire Apparatus

a. Apparatus are built to applicable ULC S515 or NFPA 1901 standards.

b. Apparatus should respond to first alarms for the first 15 years. For the next 5 years, be in reserve status for use at major fires or as a temporary replacement for out-of-service first line apparatus.

c. Be retired at 20 years of age, unless the apparatus meets the recommended annual, service and acceptance level tests and has been deemed in excellent mechanical condition

d. Testing includes, weight, road and pump performance tests.

e. Testing and maintenance only be completed by a qualified technician.

“Each year our volunteer members spend hundreds of hours at special events and local businesses tabling with the intent of building community awareness and selling raffle tickets,” said Lt. Joseph Enste.  “Without their hard work and dedication as well as the generosity of the community, this fundraiser would not have been a success.”

The OPVFD would like to thank the following local establishments who allowed members to table every week throughout the year: The Ocean Pines Farmers Market, The Ocean Pines Yacht Club, and A Bagel And. Several special events also allowed ticket sales, and the department is very grateful.

The 2022 raffle concluded with 4,437 tickets sold which yielded a total profit (after expenses) of $49,804.60.

For those who missed the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2022 raffle, general donations are still being accepted and can be made through the department’s website (www.OPVFD.com) or mailed to 911 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD 21811. As a reminder, donations are tax deductible.

About the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department

Established in 1973, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department is combination department (volunteer and career) that is a premier provider of emergency services in Worcester County, Maryland – protecting residents and businesses located within Ocean Pines as well as along Racetrack Road and Ocean Expressway, in addition to over 10 miles of shoreline/waterways. As a 100% volunteer 501c.3 non-profit organization – The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department is an independent organization that serves at the discretion the Ocean Pines Association. We negotiate for cost-effective budgeted services with the OPA each year.

Media Contact:

Lt. Joseph Enste

Public Information Officer

[email protected]

443-614-2717

www.opvfd.com

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