Several town residents have contacted Payson Fire Department Chief Martin deMasi regarding what they described as "rude" telemarketers fund-raising for Associated Fire Fighters of Arizona.
"They are apparently misrepresenting that some of the funds people send in will benefit the Payson Fire Department," he said. "That is not true. Payson Fire does not solicit funds, and if they did it wouldn't be over the phone. We do the Toys for Tamales and Christmas for Kids program, but none of that is over the phone."
AFFA is a legitimate organization that assists volunteer fire departments in the state, according to deMasi.
"I just want folks to know if they receive calls like this, give us a call and make sure it is legitimate," he said. "I hate to see folks throw money out the door."