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VFDs looking for more ways to boost funding

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Local fire department funds have been stretched incredibly thin from fighting weeks of wildfires.

Ever since the Smith County Emergency Services District voted to collect less money from tax payers, volunteer fire departments have been concerned they'll have even less money next year than they do now.

Tonight night volunteer fire fighters will be at the ESD #2 meeting and said they're hoping to discuss boosting their budgets.

Volunteer fire fighters tell us they're anticipating a guest speaker at tonight's meeting. A vice president from the State Firemen and Fire Marshal's Association who is expected to talk about getting these East Texas Departments more funding.

Smith County ESD #2 provides funding for 11 volunteer fire departments in Smith County.

Those departments said this month's wildfires have taxed their budgets, man power and equipment. While they say the community has been generous with donating water and sports drinks, the main thing they're still lacking is money for fuel. They tell us they're hoping to receive more information about grants from the state fireman and fire marshal's association.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Smith County Emergency Operations Center.

It is an open meeting and is expected to be packed with volunteer fire fighters and their supporters.

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