Volunteer firefighters to get new truck

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Jan. 21, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.

Placedo Volunteer Fire Department secured $100,000 in grant funding Tuesday after county commissioners committed to a 10-percent match.

The money, awarded by the Texas Forest Service's Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, will help the department purchase a new brush truck estimated to cost $85,000.

The remaining money will be given back to the state agency.

Robert Zapata, a member of the Placedo department, attended Tuesday's meeting to say the volunteers are planning fundraising events for this year.

In 2007, the department ended its nonprofit status and in the process lost its charter status, said Ron Pray, Victoria County fire marshal.

As a result, it could not do any fundraising until the charter was returned and the department had regained a nonprofit status, Pray said.

Commissioner Danny Garcia, who represents Placedo, said that while the department has "had some issues in the past," it is rebuilding.

"It's my opinion that they're headed in the right direction and are going to do some good," Garcia said. "It's not like they're coming up here asking for a handout and not willing to do their part."

The county will be responsible for $8,500 of the total $85,000 project.

County Judge Don Pozzi said offering financial assistance to volunteer departments throughout the year is not unusual.

They "continue to do a fine job," he said.



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