At this very moment thousands of communities across the country, including our Lamar VFD, a small group of volunteers stand ready to respond. At the sound of a siren's wail or the urgent tones of a radio or pager, ordinary men and women immediately set aside whatever they are doing, shift out of the routine of daily life, and become the protectors of their local communities. They are part of one of America's great traditions. They are volunteer firefighters.
These people assume the role of first responders to a range of emergencies that threaten lives and property, routinely risking their own lives to protect others.
For Lamar VFD an all volunteer department, our firefighters are never financially compensated. We are not employees of the state or local government, we have no union and we seek no remuneration. We are motivated by a sense of duty, tradition, and pride to train & prepare to be available to respond whenever called upon. We accept the risks and find reward and satisfaction in a job well done by serving those in our community who's life is in danger.
Almost 800,000 Americans call themselves volunteer firefighters. They are our domestic defenders protecting the homeland from within. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, volunteer firefighters comprise 74% of the total firefighters in the country, and protect nearly 80% of the entire landmass. Of the 26350 fire departments in the U.S., 80% are mostly volunteer.
Active membership in any volunteer fire company requires tremendous personal commitment. In addition to accepting the inherent risks and inconvenience of responding to other people's emergencies, whenever and wherever they may occur, the volunteer has to participate in extensive and ongoing training to develop and maintain a wide variety of skills. Mandatory training requirements have increased tremendously. The volunteers who want to assume leadership positions and become officers must make an even greater commitment.
The Lamar VFD along with most of the volunteer fire service is no different from any other organization in its need for money to operate. Almost everything that is needed to fight fires is expensive. A full set of protective clothing costs over $2,000, and a breathing apparatus needed inside a burning building costs about the same amount. Add a $1,500 portable radio and a $10,000 thermal image camera, and you almost have enough for only one firefighter ready to go inside a burning building to look for victims. Its easy to spend $350,000 for a new pumper or $700,000 for a fully equipped engine. The new tanker cost us close to $140,000, and thats without the additional equipment we have to put on the truck. Add ongoing costs to keep everything running properly and bills for operating the firehouse, and its easy to see how much our department is in great need of funding and donations. We mostly rely on two fundraisers that we do ourselves and donations that are graciously given by the citizens we serve.
Help us be there, when you need us most! TO DONATE CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON HERE. TO MAIL US, WE ARE THE LAMAR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, 302 BOIS d'ARC, ROCKPORT, TX 78382
Chief Carl Stubbs # 361-877-7191
Our E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
If you are not familiar with our fire department and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you. We have meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome. Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.
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In brief, you should know the following about us: our fire department was established in the 1960's and had been responsible for providing outstanding serviceever since. Our station is located at 302 Bois D'Arc on Lamar peninsula in Aransas county, Texas.