Fire Departments To Receive Help From A Big Name


Local volunteer fire stations are getting an injection of fresh funding thanks to Texas Lawmakers and AT&T.

The text to donate campaign launched in response to recent wildfires in West Texas.
They killed 4 people and burned nearly 500-thousand acres.

The fires depleted resources for the state's volunteer fire departments, which already have tight budgets.
AT&T fronted the initial 20-thousand dollars.

They're asking for the public to donate $10 dollars by texting "relief" to "80077".

"A tire could cost as much as $350 dollars a piece. They might have gone through 10 or 12 on one single fire. Pumps, wild land firefighter gear, it is very expensive and much needed, and it can be the difference between life and death."Tim Smith, Fire Chief, West Carlisle Fire Department

Chris Barron says the estate firefighters' and fire marshals' association will distribute the money to the fire stations based on the resources they need to operate and how many calls they receive on a daily basis.
There are nearly 16-hundred volunteer fire departments that operate in Texas.


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