Cuero VFD plans raffle fundraiser

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Dear Editor,
 
The Cuero Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank those whom have graciously donated to its annual barbecue fundraising drive over the years. The Cuero VFD voted, in a recent membership meeting, not to hold their annual barbecue brisket fundraiser this year.  
 
The rising cost of holding the fundraiser has led to reduced profits combined with low membership levels. The department is forced to look for other fundraising options. 
 
Over the past few years, the department has seen membership levels dip into the lower 20s and the department no longer has the manpower to fill all the positions needed for the fundraiser causing members to take on multiple rolls. The need for volunteer firefighters is a problem all across the state of  Texas and our area is no exception. 
 
The barbecue fundraising drive was started by Cuero firefighters some 30 years ago to raise funds to purchase equipment and fund the up-keep of the fire trucks; however, as times change, firefighters must change with them. In its place, the department is in the beginning stages of organizing a raffle fundraiser.  Since the rise of the Eagle Ford Shale in DeWitt County, the CVFD, along with other departments in the county, have seen a substantial increase in call volumes, including responding to oilfield related incidents, such as tank battery fires and tanker truck accidents. The department is currently taking donations to purchase new equipment to better respond to not only oilfield related incidents, but other incidents throughout the county including house and grass fires. A new, larger capacity water tanker truck is needed by the department. The Cuero VFD also wishes to purchase a rescue truck and replace an aging brush truck. New fire trucks are estimated to cost 200 to 300 thousand dollars each. 
 
Cuero Volunteer Fire Department is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on fundraisers and the tax deductible donations received from residents. More information on the planned raffle will be given at a later date. If you would like to donate to the Cuero VFD’s “Truck Fund,” please contact any member of the department or mail your donation to Cuero Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 945, Cuero, TX 77954. If you would like to become a volunteer firefighter, stop by the fire station and pick up an application packet.
 
Cody Rath, Cuero VFD secretary, on behalf of the Cuero VFD
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