Welcome to the RAFFA
The purpose of the Ripon Area Fire Fighters Association (RAFFA) is to promote a positive image of the Ripon Area Fire District (RAFD), to raise funds to support activities, purchase equipment and supplies, and to donate time, money and expertise to other groups that will help the RAFFA and RAFD to achieve its goals and mission.
Fundraisers & Giving Back
The RAFFA holds fundraisers throughout the year in a variety of fun and creative ways. Funds raised help us purchase updated NFPA compliant equipment not otherwise provided for in the budget which adds to firefighter safety and helps out the taxpayers in our fire district.
The annual chicken BBQ dinner is our biggest fund-raiser where 30 or more volunteers help serve up well over a thousand delicious, delectable BBQ Chicken dinners in March of each year. The Ripon community is incredibly supportive at this event and we consistently meet our financial fundraising goals.
Smaller events are held throughout the year that help us raise funds and connect with the community, such as:
- Golf Outings
- Serving coffee and food at local restaurants
- Participating in Ripon College sponsored events
- Public events in the parks
We give back to the community in different ways including:
- Providing fire education materials and handouts
- Hosting an Open House at the station where we promote fire prevention and education, serve a meal, and build community networks
- Granting college Scholarships*
- Supporting other non profit community events
The RAFFA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted and very much appreciated. Checks may be made payable to: The Ripon Area Firefighters Assoc., and mailed to the Fire Station.
*Scholarships are available to Ripon High School students pursuing Fire or Police Science in college, or based purely on financial need. Contact your high school counselor for more information.
Lieutenant Heather Donovan, President
Captain Tony Berton, Vice President
Engineer Dennis Miller, Treasurer
Chief Safety Officer Paul Tvrdy, Secretary
The RAFFA is proud to serve Ripon and the surrounding communities.