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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q: Does the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District solicit for donations? Does the Fire District contract with someone to represent the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District for the purpose of solicitation of donations?
A: NO. The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District does not use any fund-raising service, telemarketing firm, or mass-mailing service to solicit donations, but we continue to accept unsolicited donations.
The District occasionally seeks support for targeted projects from service organizations and corporate sponsors. These have included our Hazardous Materials Response Team vehicle, Home Fire Escape Training (smoke) trailer, Thermal Imaging Cameras, radio communications equipment, and surplus office furnishings.
Q: The DuPage Professional Firefighters Association, or the Lisle-Woodridge Firefighters Union, Local 2986 of the International Association of Firefighters has solicited me for donations. Do those funds directly benefit the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District?
A: No. Both of these legitimate organizations solicit funds to aid in lobbying efforts to improve laws in collective bargaining, improve firefighter benefits, improve pension laws, perform firefighter safety research, as well as assists the Union in contracts and other issues. While it is your decision to help these efforts, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District does not directly benefit from your donation.
It should be noted that any legitimate organization that uses a professional telemarketing service has to pay a very high percentage of the solicitation proceeds to the telemarketing firm. You may want to ask what percentage of your money will actually end up supporting the cause, and what percentage is considered "profit" for the telemarketing service. The answer may surprise you! Also, depending on the organization, your donation may or may not be tax-deductible.
Q: What do I do when I get a phone call from a telemarketer representing the "Lisle Fire Department", or the "Woodridge Fire Department"?
A: This is certainly a "red flag" indicating that the solicitation is probably not legitimate. There is no "Lisle Fire Department", or "Woodridge Fire Department". We are the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, a unit of local government, and a separate taxing body. Neither the Village of Lisle, nor the Village of Woodridge, has its own "Fire Department".
Q: What are some indications that the solicitation may not be legitimate?
A: Any organization that claims that your donation will buy fire engines or rescue equipment for the Fire District should be a "red flag" that it is not legitimate. We have no relationship or contract with any mass-mailing or telemarketing group for this purpose.
If any solicitor offers to come to your house to pick up your donation, this should be a "red flag" that it is not a legitimate solicitation. Many scam artists avoid the Federal Mail Fraud laws by sending a courier. If the US Postal Service was used to perpetrate a fraud, it is automatically a Federal Crime that bears higher penalties.
Q: What do I do if I am uncomfortable with a solicitation?
A: The State's Attorney's Office investigates telemarketing fraud. If you feel you have become a victim of fraud, contact the Illinois Attorney General. Many "scam-artists" use a false representation such as a fire or police benevolent organization. There have been many successful prosecutions of these scams. You can also hang up, say "no thanks", don't mail the donation, or call us if you are not sure about the donation. 
For more information, or if you would like to become a donor for a special project:
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Fire Chief/Administrator
1005 School St.
Lisle, IL 60532


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