South Killingly Fire Department Uses Social Media to Fundraise for Equipment

Faced with aging equipment but not wanting to burden taxpayers, the South Killingly fire chief is taking to social media to raise funding for new firefighter gear.

Chief Seth DeAngelis created an account on “GoFundMe,” which bills itself as the “the world’s No. 1” crowd-funding website. By Tuesday morning, donors had given more than $660 toward new firefighter air packs.

“It might seem a little weird, but I’m very excited,” DeAngelis said. “And if it works, we’ve saved the taxpayers a lot of money. It’s absolutely worth a shot.”

The on-line fundraising campaign was originally set at $60,000 for several new compressed air tanks for the 28-member department.

In an update on the “GoFundMe” page, the goal amount was dropped to $4,000 after another fire department offered to sell used packs that will meet standard and safety concerns.

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