"We were honored, we were very happy. Any money amount is going to be a good dollar amount for us whether its even $1 to $10 or $500, every little bit helps," says John Strenski, the captain of the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department.
Bowman VDF was one of seven fire stations to be awarded with just over $1,300 from the Archer County Farm Bureau. Bowman's captain says the money has been greatly appreciated.
"We've been dealing with a lot of high dollar issues with the last fire season," Strenski says.
Like all of the other VFD's in Archer County, Bowman is using the donation to go towards repairs and improvements at their station.
"We're looking at spreading the money that we received evenly over three different truck projects," he says.
Both a tanker and a structure truck went down this year after being used several times in large fires in this past season, making money for repairs a necessity.
"We have a new to us tanker we're trying to place into service to replace a tanker that we lost in the wildfires this past season. We're also placing a work truck into service that was donated to our fire department and then we are also trying to build a five ton brush truck," says Strenski.
Lake Kickapoo's fire station says they will use their money to go towards an addition on their building. They currently have to keep a few of their trucks outside because of a lack of garage space. The VFD in Megargel says they are in need of new hoses after heavy use in more recent fires and Scotland will purchase new pagers to help their fire fighters better communicate. And with the winter fire season approaching, Strenski says this money has helped to better prepare them for emergencies.
"We're definitely ready for whatever the winter throws us," he says.