I realize that everyone there is in a tailspin over loss of life, but the mayor mentioned on TV that they lost three fire trucks in the explosions.
Once all the mutual aid packs up and splits, these folks are going to need to replenish their fleet.
If anyone on the forums has some contacts in the West area that can help determine their specific equipment needs, I think we need to take advantage of the huge network here on FH.com and try to help get their tools and apparatus replaced.
We can't bring back any of the heroic fellow firefighters who were lost, but we can help make the job easier for those who carry on. Let's get to this.
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04-19-2013, 03:42 PM #1
West, TX equipment lost"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.Ē
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04-19-2013, 04:42 PM #2
The mayor was contacted, and advised that right now prayers, and money to help the firefighters families was what was needed. Insurance has been great on the equipment end.
04-19-2013, 04:47 PM #3
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You might go through Waco FD
Texas volunteer depts are poorly funded. They more then likely can use everything and anything
04-19-2013, 05:19 PM #4
04-19-2013, 05:21 PM #5
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is working with local authorities in West, Texas to set up a fund to assist survivors of the fertilizer plant this week. They are spearheading an effort to procure equipment to replace what was damaged by the blast.
"This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other," said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support."
As part of the Foundation's mission to assist the survivors of the fallen, the Texas LAST (Local Assistance State Team) was activated on Wednesday night to provide support to local officials and public safety personnel in West.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and co-workers of the fire and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty. Checks can be mailed to:
NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727.
Donations also can be made by credit card at www.regonline.com/westtx. All donated funds will be used to assist the survivors and co-workers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need.
As a result of the blast, the station along with the apparatus, equipment and turnout gear were destroyed or badly damaged. If you would like to donate these items, please send a message with your contact information to www.firehero.org/contact and the foundation will share this with the West, Texas Fire Department.
04-19-2013, 05:49 PM #6
Insurance should take care of equipment, and if a disaster declaration is made (state and/or federal), funds will also be available there to help rebuild/repair/replace what was lost.
What will not be easy to replace will be the first responders. It is difficult for most of us to keep up with attrition, anyway. Something like this I cannot begin to fathom.
Texas volunteer depts are poorly funded.
04-22-2013, 12:29 AM #7
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In light of the tragic events in West, Texas, the women of FireWives.com (forum and FB group) have started a t-shirt fundraiser with all proceeds going to the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. T-shirts are $16 + $3.85 shipping. A minimum of $8 per shirt will be donated to West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. The more t-shirts sold, the higher the donation! Share this with your wives and make a difference to the West, Texas VFD! Over 250 have been sold in just 48 hours. Pre-reserving t-shirts on the website will be available until May 12th. Shirts will be printed and mailed by Teespring 10-14 days after ordering ends. Again, The more sold, the less the shirts cost to print, the greater the donation!! Please share!
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