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Old 09-11-2011, 04:29 PM
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Great articles on the gutsy, courageous men & women of the Heart of Pines Volunteer Fire Co. who have been working tirelessly to save lives and homes. It says 18 out of 24 of them lost their own homes and have nothing left...
Most citizens probably take these hard-working volunteers for granted and don't realize how much we need their help, until a fire affects us personally.....

'In Texas, these volunteers are the front-line defense against wildfires, and they're often under-funded, many without local taxpayer support, surviving on bake sales and barbecue fundraisers'......

Volunteers are the heart of wildfire fight - Houston Chronicle

AMAZING and humbling:

Firefighters lose everything yet continue to fight fires | kvue.com Austin
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:48 PM
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bumping my own thread up....

I just wanted to say if there are any volunteer FF's on here, I salute you 100% and am ashamed to say I'm not as brave as you are.. however I will do what I can to support your fundraising efforts in the future. You deserve it.....!!
And to those in Bastrop (as if they had any free time to be online--) I am sorry for what you all had to go through in these fires.. and I hope someone in TX has the common sense to restore some much-needed funding for better equipment.. and I hope all of you who lost your homes get lots of help to rebuild....

That being said... as long as these droughts continue and keep getting worse, many areas of Texas are going to be more & more risky to live in. I hope those who survived this might consider moving or rebuilding somewhere else, so they don't have to go through this again....
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:43 PM
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this is so sad
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:05 PM
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