Volunteer Fire Departments Receive Large Donations

Volunteer fire departments are the backbone of rural communities around the Coastal Bend, and on Tuesday they received a big thank you from Flint Hills Resources and the Koch Pipeline Company.

13 local volunteer fire departments were on the receiving end of over $54,000, donated by the two companies. Donations ranged from $1,000-$25,000. That money will be put to good use.

"For the smaller departments that operate, generally on the generosity of industry, it's big," said Chief Robert Rocha of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "A $2,000 donation goes a long way to help them achieve their mission of protecting their own communities."

"Our pipelines operate in areas that are rural and don't have access to municipal fire and rescue crews, so this is a tremendous opportunity for us to thank the voluntary programs that go on out there to support our services," said Steve Ostrum of Koch Pipeline.

"You know, volunteer fire departments are the backbones, especially when you get away from the big city," said Phillip Gaarder of Flint Hills Resources, "and they are so important for the well-being of the community."

The largest donation, $25,000, was given to the Nueces County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The money will be used to help personnel train for natural disaster situations.


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