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United Way of the Coastal Bend Gives Port Aransas VFD $15,500 to Replace Equipment Lost in Hurricane

United Way of the Coastal Bend Helps Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department Replace Equipment Lost During Hurricane Harvey

The Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department will put the $15,500 gift toward purchasing a new brush truck and its specialized equipment.

MAY 9, 2018 – The Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department (Port Aransas VFD) sustained structural damages and loss of equipment when Hurricane Harvey made landfall last August. A major loss was a brush truck the volunteer firefighters used to combat flames on Mustang Island and all of the firefighting gear it required. The $15,500 donation from United Way of the Coastal Bend’s Disaster Relief Fund will be used to purchase a new brush truck radio, fire hose, tires, a thermal imaging camera and to cover a portion of the cost of a replacement brush truck.

“We’re proud to support the brave first responders of the Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department,” said Catrina Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. “Their services are critical to the safety of people and their property on Mustang Island as they rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. We want them to know that we’re here to help long-term recovery.”

The Port Aransas VFD consists of 25 volunteer firefighters who serve approximately 4,000 people and 12 square miles of Mustang Island.

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Kiii 3 News: https://www.kiiitv.com/video/news/local/port-a-fire-department-receives-donation/503-8123365