Funds for Flames: Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department

The Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department continues to raise money for its Funds For Flames campaign. Newschannel 6 has been following the campaign process and firefighters say they are in need of more support.

The Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department said with a mild winter fire season, donations are little to none right now.

Henrietta Fire Chief Mike Roberts said, "People don't think about fires or money until everything starts happening again."

Right now donations are down because fire numbers are down. With a mild winter fire season and recent rains the donations are just not coming in.

Chief Roberts said, "We are preparing everyday and working on our trucks cause in another two months it will be bad." Chief Roberts added, "People need to think about it and give to their fire departments."

Volunteer Fire Departments rely on community donations and the Henrietta VFD is looking for the extra support. They need it to raise $1,000,000 for Funds For Flames campaign, which started a 1 year and 1/2 ago.

"Our funds for flames has started, but we have five years to do it." Chief Roberts added, "Right now we are a little bit lower than what we had expected."

The Henrietta VFD said they are sitting at $46,000. They thought at this point more donors would have come forward.

The department said the plan is to get people to donate the money and their names will be put up on a plaque at the station. Donations range from $250 to $25,000. The money will go towards expanding the bay buildings so that fire trucks will fit and building a training facility, for the entire county to use.

To face another busy fire season like last April, VFD's will need all the help they can get.
Chief Roberts said, "When you get high winds and tall grasses, we're not going to be able to go out there and stop the fire as easy." He added, "It's going to be a lot worse than it was last year."

The department said for people to stay safe they need to mow around their houses and barns, especially out in the rural areas.

If you would like to help the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department reach its Funds For Flames goal you can mail in a donation to Henrietta VFD P.O. Box 491 Henrietta, TX 76365. You can also contact the department at (940) 538 - 4621.

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6