Volunteer Fire Department Funding

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Volunteer fire departments are the backbone of many Texoma communities.

With current drought conditions and rising temperatures, firefighters are sure to stay busy as risks of wild fires increase.

They’re the first people on the scene, and they are there when you need them most.

Volunteer firefighters put their lives at risk for their community.

“It’s all volunteer. We all work during the day and we’re here when we can be here. It’s a good thing to have. Without a volunteer fire department who’s going to do it,” Assistant Chief, Carl Harrelson said.

With temperatures on the rise and extreme drought conditions, wildfire risks increase.

Making sure volunteer fire departments have the funds to operate are exceptional.

“All of those guys, as you know, dedicate their lives to helping others and to put out grass fires and everything that goes with that. So we’re trying to give them back a little bit of money to where they can buy better equipment and serve the county better,” Archer City resident, Bill Riordan said.

There are many ways volunteer fire departments can receive funding.

They mostly rely on fundraisers, like the wild hog cook-off in Archer City.

“It helps us purchase equipment such as bunker gear, hoses and a lot of upkeep for our trucks and stuff. It really helps out a lot. It brings us money and to help keep some of the volunteer fire departments floating,” Harrelson said.

“Hopefully it will help for the training, equipment, whatever they happen to need. Because they’re way underfunded and it’s all volunteer so as long as it’s all volunteer and they’re underfunded, then it’s the counties and the cities responsibility and the people themselves to help these people,” Riordan said.

Communities extending a helping hand so that fire departments can lend theirs when they’re needed most.

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