The O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach (OFCO) is a group of O’Fallon Firefighters who are committed to serving others and helping out in the community.
OFCO is made up of 48 members of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District, who volunteer in the community during their time off-duty. The group helps out within their district boundaries, through fundraising, donations and providing manpower to citizens and organizations in need.
“These men and woman are committed to protecting their community both on and off duty by helping those in need,” David O’Leary, chairman of OFCO previously told O'Fallon Patch. “Whether it’s building a wheelchair ramp for a resident, providing a pizza night at the local Salvation Army, or adopting a family for Christmas; these men and woman are busy helping all year long.”
In September, the group recognized a need for an O’Fallon resident who needs a ramp to get in and out of her home safely.
With the help of a donation from Saints Joachim and Ann Care Service, these O'Fallon Firefighters donated their time off-duty to draw plans for the project, order lumber and build the ramp.
"Now this resident can enter and exit the home safely without the fear of falling," O'Leary said.
The OFCO has a hand in numerous community service projects.
Recently, the group helped organize donations from businesses and residents to purchase supplies and help paint a new 9,000 square foot facility at The Center for Autism.
Local students from Fort Zumwalt North High School Key Club and firefighters from Cottleville and Central County also donated their time help paint. This new facility will offer needed training in life skills, like meal preparation and job training to adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Last year, the group hosted a fundraiser to raise money for new exercise equipment at theO’Fallon Senior Center.
You can learn more by liking O'Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach on Facebook.