Volunteer fire departments across the Brazos Valley are busy... and as summer continues and wildfires become more frequent, they're only going to get busier.
Unfortunately, for these volunteer departments that rely heavily on community donations to stay afloat, the money isn't coming in as fast as the calls are.
While they do get some financial support from different government agencies, the vast majority of their expenses have to be paid for with donated money, and there are a lot of checks to write.
Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Chief Joe Ondrasek says, "Our insurance alone costs us about $10,000 a year. Just in insurance. Our fuel costs us about $10,000 a year. Our deb service for our trucks and our fire stations. That payment alone is about $35,000 to $40,000 dollars a year."
The departments are not in danger of shutting down, but they cannot stress enough how vital the community's help is when it comes to day-to-day operations.
Each department has it's own website, with contact information if you'd like to help them out.