Congratulations to Wicksburg Vol. Fire/Rescue in Newton, AL!

Wicksburg Vol. Fire/Rescue is the Grand Prize Winner of the Akron Brass Spirit of Community Service Award. Wicksburg Vol. Fire/Rescue earned 300 smoke detectors and 10 Nest Protect and more!   Our Runner up is Madray Springs Vol. Fire Department in Jesup, GA. We thank you all for participating and we are proud to honor your community service. 

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Learn how each of these departments give back to their communities. 




Canton R-V Fire Protection District 

CantonCanton R-V Fire Protection District is a volunteer department in Canton, Missouri, a rural community in Northeast Missouri. Our roster consists of men, women, and students from the local high school and college. 

We at Canton R-V Fire Protection District have never looked at is as we are contributing to our community, we feel that the community has given us the honor and privilege to be on this department. Throughout the year we participate in many activities with our town. A few of these activities are: tours of the station and fire prevention lessons with the Cub Scouts, daycares, preschools, Girl Scouts, and first aid classes with the Boy Scouts. We also provide training for the nursing home staff and students at Culver-Stockton College on fire prevention/extinguisher training. During the week of Culver-Stockton homecoming we have fire staff on standby for the bonfire, during the football game we provide EMS for the crowd. There are several 5K races held during the year in the community that we provide EMS. We also participate in Trunk-R-Treat, Community Day, and the Mark Twain Scout Camps. We hold an annual MDA boot drive and an annual fundraiser for two area hospitals for breast cancer research. In addition, we have the privilege of working with all the departments in our county, as all of them are volunteer. 

Finally, as we are a volunteer department, many of us hold full time jobs or are full time students. However, we answer any call, not just the fire/rescue/EMS calls, but even service calls, "I smell smoke or gas, will you come check it out, please" and we do. One service call that pertains to this challenge: An elderly couple came home from a shopping trip to find a smoke detector going off. They called the fire chief, who went out, investigated, and cleaned the smoke detectors, which was the cause of the alarm. Any member of our department would have answered that call, at any time, that is who we are, a volunteer department that has the honor and privilege of being a community member of Canton, MO. 

We would greatly appreciate your vote. 


Madray Springs Vol. Fire Dept 

madrayMadray Springs Vol. Fire Dept consists of 25 dedicated men and women who volunteer their time to protect and serve the citizens of our community. In previous years we have participated in a smoke alarm program that has allowed us to install alarms to residences for free. We have installed several hundred alarms during this period to residences in our district and into neighboring districts. In May of 2012 one of the alarms distributed within our district saved a family of two when they were awakened at 3AM and was able to get outside safely. Upon our arrival heavy fire was found in the family's master bath & bedroom where they had been sleeping.  Prior to having one of our alarms this family had no working smoke alarms. In 2013 grant funding for this program was abolished and we haven't been able to receive anymore alarms.

MSVFD members also participates in several community and county wide public safety events each year to teach children fire safety and to have good public relations with adults. Last year we made the time to teach fire safety to preschool student's at a neighboring district's elementary school.  On October 7th of this year we are scheduled to return to that elementary school and provide fire safety to all classes Pre-K through 5th grade. We also hold several training meeting's a month so that our members can stay up to-date on equipment and different life saving techniques. We stay on top of life saving techniques so that we can better serve the citizen's of our community and anyone who may pass through.

MSVFD members also hold several fund raising events throughout the year, to purchase much needed equipment due to the lack of funding from the county budget. In the past few years we have purchased several items that we would not have today if we didn't take on the responsibility and raise the funds for our department. Ultimately we have to thank the citizens who have supported our department in our fund raising events, without them we wouldn't have the equipment that we have today. If we are able to win the Akron Brass Community Service Contest we will be able to return the favor to our community again and install alarms for free.  Thank you Akron Brass for this opportunity.


Muir Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Muir, PA

Muir Volunteer Fire Company #1 is located in the western mountains of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and is comprised of about 20 Volunteer fireman.  Our volunteers spend a lot of time fundraising to keep the firehouse up and running, and keep our rigs and equipment up to date.  We are also involved in several community functions throughout the year including parades, fire prevention/education, traffic duties at local events, assisting other local organizations with fundraising and selling t-shirts to raise money to support breast cancer awareness.  

The remainder our time is devoted to training and responding to emergency and non-emergency calls.  Muir fire has a 4 unit fleet including a rescue engine, tanker and 2 brush units.  We are equipped to respond to a vast array of calls including, structural fires, brush fires, vehicle and off road accidents, rescue calls, hazmat incidents and medical calls.

Whether it be responding to emergency calls for service, non-emergency requests for public assistance, or fundraisers in our local area, our dedicated staff of volunteer firefighters and support staff continually give back to the community they live in and respond to on a daily basis. 




Wicksburg Vol. Fire/Rescue

Wicksburg Volunteer Fire/Rescue is located in the Southeastern corner of the great State of Alabama. We have 34 Volunteers who respond wherever they are needed, whenever they are needed. Our Department consist of one Fire Chief, one assistant EMS Chief, one assistant Fire Chief, Firefighters, EMT’s and support personnel. We operate with 2 Class “A” pumpers, 1 Tanker Truck, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Service Truck, a mobile cascade unit, and 2 ALS ambulances. We are very fortunate to live in a community that is very supportive of our department. We answer the calls for structure fires, vehicle fires, grass fires, haz-mat situations, medical emergencies, and car accidents.

We teach prevention to our preschool kids, elementary students, and to the senior citizens in our community. We enjoy interacting with our community as often as possible. We provide ambulance services for all home football games. For the Varsity team, Junior Varsity team, and the recreational league on Saturdays. We all so participate in the Prom Promise each year as our Juniors and Seniors prepare to go to Prom. We also enjoy having Santa deliver gifts to the kids in our community every December.

Our department motto is “If Volunteers Didn’t! Who would?”




Nominate Your Department for the Akron Brass Spirit of Community Service Award

Akron Brass wants to honor your service to help educate your community on fire prevention. Enter your department for your chance to give back 300 smoke detectors and 10 Nest Protect units and more!

Who Can Enter

Any emergency responder department can enter the Akron Brass Spirit of Community Service Contest.  We will post your department shield and put your department up for a vote to make it through the first elimination round of four contenders.  All final round contenders will have their chance to tell us how they serve their community.  We will post the final round contenders for a vote to win the Grand Prize!

Grand Prize Winners

Runner Up Winners

• 300 First Alert Dual Sensor Smoke and Fire Alarms
• 10 Nest Protect Units valued at $99 each (battery operated)
• String Bags (personalized with your department’s name)
• Coloring Books
• Community Service Award Certificate
• Recognition of your service to your community

• 300 9V batteries
• Community Service Award Certificate
• Recognition of your service to your community

How to Win:

  • Beginning September 6, 2014, we will accept nominations for the Akron Brass Spirit of Community Service Award at through September 26, 2014
  • Family, friends and fans of the emergency responder departments can vote for their favorite department on
  • Voting per person is not restricted. However, automated voting programs are forbidden
  • In the event of a tie, a winner will be determined at random
  • Final Four voting begins September 27 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 30
  • The final matchup voting begins October 1 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 3
  • The winner will be announced on October 4. 

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