Brawley Fire Fighters Association sets record in raising money for Boot Drive

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Brawley Fire Department Captain Daniel Bonillas and Firefighters Paul Cortez, Josh Colunga, Grace Carpio, and Ben Sandoval display their Burn Institute Boot Drive trophy.

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Fire Fighters Association (BFFA) was honored for setting a record at their boot drive at the Brawley city council meeting Tuesday.

The BFFA held a boot drive for the Imperial Valley Burn Institute on March 20 at the intersection of First Street and Main Street. Firefighters manned the corners with fire boots collecting donations from drivers passing by.

“We help the Burn Institute out every year,” said Mike York, captain of the Brawley Fire Department and president of the firefighters association. “They do a lot for burn survivors. The Burn Institute helps us out with our open house and our fire prevention activities. We are happy to help them.”

This year’s Brawley boot drive raised over $4,700,  the largest amount collected by a single fire association, according to York.

“This is by far the most money that we have collected in one of our boot drives,” said York. “We are completely blown away by the support of the community and how caring and generous they are.”

The BFFA received the perpetual trophy from the Burn Institute for being the highest fundraiser in Imperial Valley.

In other city business, the city council awarded a contract to Painting & Décor, Inc. for the purchase and installation of new windows and one door for Brawley Fire Station No. 1. The contract was for $75,900. The replacement of windows in Station No. 1 is a project long anticipated because of the aging and outdated windows.

The council also approved the purchase of a marked 2015 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle in the amount of $42,373.28. The pre-approved 2014 Operation Stonegarden Grant, which is in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will fund the purchase. The vehicle will be used for conducting intelligence-driven operations with the goal of reduction or elimination of threats, risks, and vulnerabilities in our community.

The council also approved the purchase and installation of four air conditioning units for the Senior Center and the Lions Center.

Finally, the council approved and adopted the overall budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. The $52,623,270 budget contains carry-over of prior projects and well as maintaining existing service levels. The general fund reserve will be maintained.

Mayor George Nava and the other council members thanked staff for their hard work in preparing the 2015-2016 budget.

“I especially want to thank our City Manager, Rosanna Bayon Moore, for her hard work,” said Nava. “She is doing a great job.”

Details of the 2015-2016 budget are available on the City of Brawley website.