The departments plan to raise funds for a new 3,000-gallon water tanker truck to be used in response to fires and other emergencies across all of Karnes County.
Karnes City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Malik said local volunteer fire departments are continuing to work with these companies and the dream is beginning to come to reality.
“During our banquet on February 24, Universal Pressure Pumping employees were on hand to present the first contribution to the project in the amount of $25,000. Following their donation, David Martin Phillip came up and presented a check for our first local donation in the amount of $1,000. Before the night was over we received local donations totaling nearly $6,000.”
Malik explained that energy companies have pledged to raise $150,000 and local fire departments agreed to raise the remainder of the funds needed, with a projected cost for the truck being approximately $225,000.
“The truck will be a 3,000-gallon water transport truck that will be used to supply water to the rural areas of Karnes County where water is not as readily available as in the cities where we have fire hydrants,” Malik said. “The truck will be operated by the Karnes City Volunteer Fire Department and will be available to all the fire departments in the county when needed. We are working with the chief officers from all the departments in the county to design a truck that will meet everyone’s needs.”
A separate account has been set up at Karnes County National Bank for this special fund raising effort. For more information about how to get involved with the effort, or make a contribution to help pay for the cost of the new tanker truck, call Charlie Malik at 780-2666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.