Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department and Community Center

From the beginning, we built our fire department and community center through the generosity of our friends, neighbors, businesses and various foundations.  We do not receive financial support from any county, state, or federal government entity.  We started with the gift of a fire truck from the city of Robert Lee.  Our building sits on land donated by David Hirschfeld.  Our fire house was built through various grants and the tremendous support of local residents. Visit our Donors web page to see who is supporting our fire department.   Over the years we have upgraded our fire fighting equipment and obtained our operational funds through our various fundraising activities.  Going forward we will need to upgrade equipment as things wear out.  We must also add the resources necessary to be able to provide new services that recent events have shown that we need to provide.  Recent fatality vehicular accidents prompted us to purchase extraction tools ("Jaws of life") using funds from our Cook-off event in 2018.  Although these tools were not needed in these accidents, we now have them in case we ever do have the need.  2018 also showed us the very real need for water rescue equipment and training.  We assisted in two rescues where vehicles were swept off the roadway at the San Saba low water crossing here in Fort McKavett.  We assisted the Junction fire department and one from San Antonio who used their boats in the rescue.  A short term goal of ours is the become better equipped to do swift water rescues, eventually obtaining a rescue boat and the training that is required. 

We continue to need the support of our friends, neighbors, and businesses to accomplish all the good things we are doing.  Below are some suggestions on how you can help fund us.

 

 

 
Give a Gift/ Make a Donation

We begin our yearly fund raising project every spring. We send out a letter to those local land owners who do not live in our area letting them know what we have accomplished over the last year and asking for their continued support of our department.  The donations that we receive as a result of these letters in 2018 along with unsolicited donations from local ranchers and businesses amounted to about 37% of our gross revenue.  These donations are a vital part of our fund raising activities.

Please consider helping us with your tax deductible gift by down loading this donation form and sending us your contribution to:

Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 91
Fort McKavett, Texas 76841

Our Fire Station and Community Center.  Land was donated by David Hirschfeld, building was paid in part through a grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation, the Chaparral Foundation, Dodge Jones Foundation, Texas Forest Service, and the Abell-Hanger Foundation,

2006 Ford F550 small brush truck.  Purchased through a cost sharing grant with the Texas Forest Service and private contributions.
Wish Lists                     
When you buy on-line at Amazon, sign into smile.amazon.com.  When you specify Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department as your designated charity, a portion of your purchase price is donated to our fire department.  Logging into Amazon Smiles does not affect the way you shop at Amazon.  Your purchase history, Prime benefits are maintained just as if you logged into amazon.com.

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Our fire chief has given us a wish list of items that are needed or highly desired to better support our community.  These items range from fairly inexpensive to capital equipment.  You can contribute to our department by purchasing one or items on our wish list and donating them to our department.  We will give you a receipt for your gift that you can use for income tax purposes.




Amazon sends us a quarterly deposit that is deposited directly into our account.  Our 4th quarter contribution from Amazon was $12.45.  Every little bit helps.  Remember, when you shop Amazon on-line, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ to make your purchases. 1/2 of 1% of your purchase price is donated to the charity of your choice.

Annual Fund Raiser

Our one major fund raising event is the second Saturday in June.  We sponsor a BBQ Cook-off with cooking teams from all over Texas participating.  We serve the cook-off teams a pancake breakfast that morning to get their day started.  At noon, we serve up a great meal featuring BBQ brisket, chicken, sausage, and all the trimmings. There will be live music during the meal.  In the afternoon we have our auctions and raffle drawings, followed by the cook-off awards.

Our fund raising activities include of a silent auction; with a several tables full of donated items that you can bid to buy. We will also be selling Fort McKavett Fire Department T-shirts and ball caps.  There will be a live auction where you can bid for a wide variety of the better items.  We won't know until the week of the event just what we will have in the auction, but in past years we have had guns, tools, quilts, art work, jewelry, electronics and big game hunts to name a few,  There will also be a raffle for 5 great prizes: a $100 Gift Certificate for Walmart; a $250 gift certificate for HEB; a Ruger-American 204 Predator Rifle; a Henry Golden Boy 22LR Rifle; and a $1000 in Visa Gift Cards.  Raffle tickets are a dollar each or six for five dollars.




We invite you to come out in June to this fun-filled event.  You can support us by participating in the auctions and raffle.  There will also be a donation box at the beginning of the noon-meal serving line.  If you have some extra time available you can volunteer to help with our June event.  Drop us an email to let us know if you would like to volunteer your time.
 
We are now able to accept charge cards for most purchases at our 19th Annual BBQ Cook-off and Fund Raiser.  We are not allowed to accept charge cards for fire arms or ammunition.

There are other forms of charitable contributions available.  We recommend that you consult with your attorney and financial advisor where appropriate.  You may want to consider one of the following:
  
  • Bequests, wills, estates
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Memorials and Tributes
  • Grants
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Retirement Plans

. For attorneys, executors or financial planners, Here is our address and Federal Tax EIN below.

Federal Tax ID/EIN: 3l-1767385

Fort McKavett, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
6600 FM 864.
Fort McKavett, Texas 76849
325 215 9338


 

 

 

We have been very fortunate to have received several grants that enabled us to buy a new truck, build our fire station and finish its interior, install a water catchment system that is used to fill our tanks with water, Install a covered roof over our BBQ cook area, build a well house, build a carport and adjacent building to put the trucks when they need to be removed from the bays.  We are grateful to the following organizations and foundations for awarding us these grants: The San Angelo Health Foundation, the Chaparral Foundation, Dodge Jones Foundation, Abell-Hanger Foundation, Texas Forest Service and the Fort McKavett Cemetery Association.  In addition to these organizations, we have received significant cash donations from members of the local community.