Dry weather and high winds can lead to busy fire season.
While some fire departments are funded by local governments, there are those that volunteer to battle the flames alone.
A large wildfire can leave tight budgeted fire crews from acquiring the equipment they need.
This week AT&T and Texas lawmakers created an initiative to help fund volunteer fire departments.
Right here in the Rio Grande Valley, there is an estimated 22 volunteer fire stations.
We spoke to a local volunteer department to tell us more about their duties.
Rio Hondo Fire Chief William Bilokury says, “yes we are a fully volunteer department. We try to follow as closely as possible the NFPA, national fire protection association guidelines.. we have a contract with the county to provide fire service to a large portion of the county…. Approximately half of my department are formerly trained firefighters. “
Oftentimes volunteer firefighters have other jobs to make a living, but they will remain on duty in the event a fire starts.
Anyone who texts ‘Relief’ to 80077 can donate 10 dollars for Texas volunteer fire departments.