United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Press Release


Fire Departments Will Now Provide Gift Cards To Families In Need

Friday, January 30th, 2015

“For victims of fire or other natural disaster, the aftermath can be devastating. Fires and natural disasters not only wreak havoc on the emotional state of its victims, but also their financial state. Often left with just the clothes on their back, victims of fire or other natural disaster are frequently in a panicked state when they realize that they have no money, no clothes, and nowhere to sleep through the night,” according the California Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.

The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, are proud to announce their partnership with the California Firefighters Foundation and launching a new program aimed to provide emergency financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims. Starting this Spring the Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program will be available to Fire Departments throughout the County. While at the scene of a fire or natural disaster the SAVE program will allow Fire Departments to provide immediate temporary support by distributing gift cards to eligible victims so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.

“Being able to assist families at their most vulnerable time of need when tragedy has struck, we feel grateful that we have another resource to help members of the community and restore order to the chaos,” says United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Vice President Vito Impastato. “These gift cards will allow families to get back on the right track in the first 24 hours and touch those most in need at their most dire moment. It is a simple gesture with no strings attached, allowing us to continue to help people we serve in the community.”

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If you’d like more information or to schedule an interview please contact Vito Impastato, Vice President at 925.595.1717 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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