Please consider a personal or family contribution to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department.
SVFD provides emergency services to Indian Lake. Like every other volunteer fire department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, budget and funding cutbacks continue to take their toll. State and national regulators, however, have not relaxed their equipment standards, nor have we as property owners, nor SVFD themselves, lowered our expectations for excellence in service. Old equipment needs to be replaced and new technologies and techniques cost a lot.
For the past 4 years, maybe longer, SVFD has been asking the Borough to budget for nearly 3 times our historical funding levels to make up for the combined shortfalls and increased regulatory appetite. Council has not obliged, faced with our own regulatory debacle; the 3-phased Dam Remediation effort and the sense not to raise taxes even further.
SVFD believes that at 46% participation rate, Indian Lake 'residents' are not paying their fair share. Council has challenged SVFD's numbers, but with 2/3 of our homes being occupied on only a seasonal/part-time basis we cannot find fault in their numbers. Lake Stonycreek, part of Stonycreek Township, is likely similar but not as readily segregated... SVFD feels the crunch from both, though.
We recognize seasonal and part-time residents may contribute generously to their "home" communities, but that doesn't help SVFD, nor does it mean your Lake House has any lesser fire risk or need for emergency services SVFD provides.
Firefighters do not like begging for money. While many of us like buying subs or attending a periodic cash-bash, organizing and running them, and on a steady/regular basis, is not a highly motivational recruiting or retention technique for firefighters.
Please join Council in making an increased personal commitment to SVFD in recognition of their incessant commitment to us, and our safety and our properties.