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Firefighters phone fundraiser not linked to Fayetteville department

Posted November 3, 2011
Updated November 4, 2011

— The Fayetteville Fire Department is not running a phone solicitation campaign and worries that residents may be mislead by calls seeking donations.

The Fayetteville Professional Firefighters Association is conducting the phone solicitation, selling tickets to an oldies concert. Proceeds benefit fire safety programs in Cumberland County schools, smoke detector programs and youth athletics, among others.

"The Fayetteville Fire Department does not call and ask citizens for donations, nor do we sponsor any such fundraising drives," said Fayetteville Fire Chief Ben Major. 

While the firefighters association has donated to the fire department in the past, it is not doing so this year, Major said.


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  • FPFFA Nov 7, 2011

    The FPFFA wishes to thank WRAL for taking the time Friday afternoon to speak with us, get all the facts, and update this story. We appreciate all those that have supported and continue to support our concerts.

  • superdad412 Nov 4, 2011

    I agree there is some confusion. This whole article from the headline downward needs some follow up work.

    There are a lot of call centers that call all over the United States in the name of “firefighters”. Many of whom are scammers. If you receive a call from a “firefighter solicitation” and you think it’s a scam there are three things you should assess.

    First, every Professional Firefighter Association (that I know of) in North Carolina DOES NOT ask for donations. They all sell concerts tickets. Second, they DO NOT take any payments over the phone. Finally, ask for the physical address of the call center. Any reputable organization freely posts and advertises their location. If the caller is located out of state, be very cautious! Out of state callers are not subject to North Carolina laws. Every Professional Firefighter Association in North Carolina that is associated with the concert ticket sales business has their call center located in North Carolina.

  • airpack6969 Nov 4, 2011

    However true, the Fayetteville Fire Department is not and does not ask for donations, the headline is misleading. The fundraising efforts of the Fayetteville Proffesional Firefighters Association (FPFFA) are not "fake". The funds provided are for, as stated earlier in these posts, concert tickets at a fair market value price for a musical event. The FPFFA is made up of members of the Fayetteville Fire Department and is not sponsored by the fire department. The members conduct their own community services separate from the city. As stated earlier, these include fire prevention coloring books for ALL OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY's second grade student, smoke detectors for family that cannot afford them, donations to burns centers and many other things. Because the FPFFA is not sponsored or sanctioned by the fire department does not in any way make it "Fake"!

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 4, 2011

    Read the story, read the comments, sound like confusion going on.

  • FPFFA Nov 3, 2011

    airbornemonty - We greatly appreciate your service to our great nation. We would however like to clarify something - we're selling tickets for a concert. A fair market price for an entertainment event. We're not asking for money for nothing. The money we raised is used to support several community programs and activities - like fire safety coloring books for kids, financial support to the Jaycee Burn Center and youth sports teams just to name a few. Thank you again for your service to our country, your service and sacrifice secures our freedoms.

  • airbornemonty Nov 3, 2011

    I'm often solicited by the sheriffs department the fire department and several others that I can't recall, I have even been solicited by the Cape Fear valley hospital for a donation.

    And like I always tell therm, "You're getting paid, go do the job you are getting paid for".

    I was in difficult combat 24/7 for years and never asked anyone for a penney, I just did my job so leave me the heck alone.

    I often see cars plastered with decals from the different departments stating that so and so driver is a member in good standing or something similar to that and I can assure you that the decal you just bought is just free money for that department.

  • gammasandi Nov 3, 2011

    I am not sure what "scam" the Chief is referring to, but I have purchased tickets to the John Anderson concert on Friday, November 18 at the Dorton Arena, and look forward to enjoying the show...thanks for all you do, firefighters!!

  • FPFFA Nov 3, 2011

    The Fayetteville Professional Firefighters Association (NOT the Fayetteville Fire Department)is in fact using phone solicitation to sell tickets to concerts they sponsor twice a year. If you have any questions about a call you receive, please feel free to contact us by phone at 910-483-9922 or by e-mail at info@fayettevillefire.org