For the campaign, Local 2926 and other locals will wrap reserve fire engines in pink. Area businesses will be asked to donate money to the Pink Ribbon Girls in exchange for putting their logo on one of the engines. This year, the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters’ logo will also be displayed.
“The apparatus works as a traveling billboard,” says Local 2926 member Chris Williams, who is coordinating the event. “These engines will be on site at a multitude of breast cancer awareness events throughout the month of October. Each event will increase visibility for all of the sponsoring businesses.”
Local 2926 and surrounding locals will also be wearing and selling pink T-shirts to boost fundraising totals and awareness.
The benefiting charity, the Pink Ribbon Girls, delivers meals to breast cancer patient families. Last year, the charity delivered 15,000 meals. This year, in part because of Ohio fire fighters’ fundraising efforts, the charity is on track to triple that number with 45,000 meals.