Thank You From Quemado Fire
Quemado Fire and EMS wants to send out a huge “thank you!” to the citizens of northern Catron County. We couldn’t do it without you. We need to especially thank Jimbo Williams and his wife, Trisha, of Ag Country Propane and we need to thank Dean and Billie
Wilfong, of Sierra Propane. And thank you to all the vendors in town who donated door prizes through the Quemado Auxiliary. Those generous folks were J&Y, Southwest Supply, Kim’s Corner, Largo, Country Store, Ag Propane, and Sierra Propane.
Once again, Jimbo and Trisha Williams stepped up to pay for everyone’s lunch at our annual BBQ fundraiser. Their generosity not only ensured that our expenses were covered, but also provided a little profit. But that’s just the beginning. Because they were so generous, it allowed others to be generous too. Many people put the money intended for lunch tickets into our donation boot and that is what gives us the funds to do some of the extra things we couldn’t otherwise afford.
The funds we get from the state are very restrictive in what we can and cannot buy. On the fire side, for obvious reasons, our money is restricted to those things necessary to fight structure fires. On the EMS side, the annual budget barely covers the day-to-day expenses. The fire side can help the EMS side to some degree, and that does happen, but it still isn’t enough to buy the equipment we need to provide quality care to our citizens.
Donations from the community allow us to buy those things that we either can’t buy with state funds, or helps us buy items that exceed our budget. The monies that you have given have done both. You’ve helped purchase valuable Fire and EMS equipment and you’ve helped us make much needed repairs and upgrades to our fire station.
Thanks for making that possible, Jimbo and Trisha!
In addition to meeting our maintenance needs this year, we intend to present a scholarship to a Quemado High School graduate who has shown outstanding citizenship by volunteering in the community. Details of the scholarship and application information will be published at the school during the 2016-17 school year.
This year, we also benefited from Sierra Propane’s generosity when they decided to top off our kitchen remodel with a brand new kitchen range. Sometimes our trainings can go more than 4 hours. When that happens, we certainly try to feed our members. And when we’re on a fire for more than 4 hours, a hot meal, brought to us by our Fire Corp, can sure make a difference in our stamina. So thank you, Dean and Billie!