FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on ‘banking for good,’ announced a $50,000 donation at the Basalt Town Council meeting on Dec. 11.
The donation, which will help wildfire recovery, prevention efforts and create fire adapted communities, is in partnership with Eagle County, Roaring Fork Fire Authority and the town of Basalt.
The bank will work with these local parties to allocate funds to residents in an effort to safeguard their properties. The donation will benefit as many as 12 Roaring Fork Valley communities within Eagle County and be distributed as follows:
- $2,500 per individual defensible space or home ignition zone project
- $5,000 per landscape scale fuel-break or community level project
The partnership estimates that the donation could help Eagle County officials better prepare more than 50 homes and properties across 30 acres through defensible space and fuel break treatments.
Officials cooperating in the partnership include: Eagle County Commissioners Jill Ryan, Jeanne McQueeney and Kathy Chandler-Henry; Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt; Town Manager Ryan Mahoney; Roaring Fork Fire Authority Chief Scott Thompson; and Roaring Fork Fire Authority Fire Marshal John Mele.
In 2019, FirstBank and its partners will announce more details about program funds allocation, including essential information for local property owners and community leaders.
FirstBank operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. It’s the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, serving more than 750,000 customers.
FirstBank offers a variety of checking and savings accounts, mortgages, home equity loans and a full range of commercial loans, business accounts and services. Since 2000, the company has been recognized as a top corporate philanthropist and has contributed more than $60 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. FirstBank is also unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, go to www.efirstbank.com.