September 19, 2016
Brothers and Sisters,
Now that the summer is over, I wanted to give everyone an update on the Wellness/Fitness Fund. We spent the $15,000 that the City allocates for Fitness Equipment each fiscal year, and now have another $15,000 to spend before June 30th, 2017. Last year’s money was spent on a number of things, including a Stair Mill at Engine 4, a large Power Rack/Rig at Headquarters, Rowers for Engines 3, 4, and 6, and smaller items like bumper plates, kettlebells, resistance bands, and jump ropes for several of the firehouses. I’d like to thank everyone who requested equipment, and especially thank the Members who helped me move, assemble, and install the equipment on some very hot days (Engine 4/Squad 4 Groups 1 and 2, Headquarters Group 1 and 3 especially).
I still have a number of requests for equipment left over from last year, and am asking you all to send any other requests you may have as early as possible, so I can make an order up quickly. If you have any requests or suggestions, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll add them to the list. It’s especially helpful if you put “Fitness Equipment” as the Subject of your email, and if you can send a link to the equipment you are requesting so I don’t accidentally get the wrong thing. If you think I may have overlooked or ignored a previous email from you, I apologize, and request that you email me again.
Please keep in mind that the process for procuring equipment is a bit slow-moving, and that there are limits on which vendors we can use and how much money we can spend with any one vendor. I apologize in advance for any delays or frustrations.
Thanks again to all of you for your help in making the most of this important benefit, and for your patience.