Phillips 66 donates $100,000 to area fire departments

Phillips 66 donates $100,000 to area fire departments

BORGER, TX (KFDA) - Following the devastating wildfires across the Panhandle in March, Phillips 66 donated $10,000 each to ten area volunteer fire departments.

The wildfires burned more than 521,000 acres and damaged equipment used by several area fire departments.

The company hopes their donation can help those departments recover from the wildfires so they can continue protecting the communities they serve.

"Well it was just a process for us to help give back to them for relinquishing their funds for helping the Texas panhandle out," said Rance Gabehart with Phillips 66.

Many of the departments will use the money to purchase new equipment lost or damaged in the wildfires.

"It was rough on the equipment, but thanks to this donation we're back in good shape and it just, the volunteers there at Gruver are great people, they give their time and don't expect anything back," said Gruver Fire Chief Todd Williams.

"Really we didn't lose any equipment or have any damaged equipment. One of the problems we face is we have a lot of man power and not a lot of equipment, so we're hoping to enhance our capabilities, add to our fleet...put another truck in service so to speak," said Spearman Fire Chief Roger Close.

"In March 2017, volunteer fire departments worked tirelessly to control the fire and protect the safety of neighbors. With safety as a top priority, Phillips 66 is committed to helping communities recover after natural disasters, and fire departments are a critical piece of community safety infrastructure," said the company in a news release.

Below are the volunteer fire departments that received a $10,000 donation:

  • Fritch
  • Whitedeer
  • Stinnett
  • Panhandle
  • Skellytown
  • Spearman
  • Wheeler
  • Lefors
  • Gruver
  • Mobeetie

Phillips 66 donated the funds in cash, so each department can do whatever they wish with it. And it is clear each department is grateful for every dollar they've received from donors all around the panhandle.

"It was a great blessing, but that's part of being in the Texas Panhandle. They're all giving people and they take care of each other," said Williams.

"It's been a miracle, the whole thing to see how we live in the greatest place in not only the state, but the nation," said Close.

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