Keeping Up With Demand - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Keeping Up With Demand

Keeping up with the demand is stretching funds for volunteer fire departments across Texoma. VFD's rely on your donations to keep you safe.

Battling blazes can definitely cause wear and tear on fire trucks, but more on volunteer fire department pocket books.

Mike Roberts, Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Chief, said, "In one day period you can spend up to $400 per truck." Roberts added, "If we don't blow out any tires you can look at $200 to $300. If you blow a motor or a pump, you are looking at thousands."

Hundreds let alone thousands is not feasible for VFD's. "All the small fire departments are hurting right now. We've spent a lot of money on tires."

Roberts said it's not just tires that are an issue, it's fuel. "Most fires will last up to four to ten hours and the trucks stay running." Roberts added, "You got a pump motor and you got the big motor on your truck and it burns lots of fuel."

As Texoma approaches the busiest time of the year for VFD's, Roberts encourages everyone to give. "The more we get donations the more it helps us. If people just give $20, that's more than what we had." Roberts added, "It helps all the fire departments stay alive and protect all of their areas."

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Proposed communications tower concerns business owners

    Proposed communications tower concerns business owners

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-07-27 02:14:49 GMT
    Proposed communications tower concerns business ownersProposed communications tower concerns business owners

    A new communications tower being proposed in Wichita Falls is raising concerns. One local business owner fears the tower will scare away visitors driving along the highway. The proposed location is currently 1212 Broad Street, near the Motel 6 off 12th Street.  The communications tower is expected to be nearly 165 feet high, and is located near several business and the overpass.

    A new communications tower being proposed in Wichita Falls is raising concerns. One local business owner fears the tower will scare away visitors driving along the highway. The proposed location is currently 1212 Broad Street, near the Motel 6 off 12th Street.  The communications tower is expected to be nearly 165 feet high, and is located near several business and the overpass.

  • Wichita Falls man arrested for DWI following overnight crash

    Wichita Falls man arrested for DWI following overnight crash

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:08:09 GMT
    Rodney Scott Womack (Source: WCSO)Rodney Scott Womack (Source: WCSO)

    According to the Wichita Falls Police Department, Rodney Scott Womack, 38, was driving southbound on Central Freeway around 10:45 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle.

    According to the Wichita Falls Police Department, Rodney Scott Womack, 38, was driving southbound on Central Freeway around 10:45 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle.

  • Wichita Falls Gang Unit helped decrease gang activity

    Wichita Falls Gang Unit helped decrease gang activity

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:42 PM EDT2017-07-26 23:42:25 GMT

    The Texas Department of Public Safety's "Gang Assessment Report" ranked Wichita County as one of the areas where gangs are pretty active just below major cities. 

    The Texas Department of Public Safety's "Gang Assessment Report" ranked Wichita County as one of the areas where gangs are pretty active just below major cities. 

Powered by Frankly