Saltillo Volunteer Fire Department will be holding is annual stew and chili dinner Saturday. This year’s proceeds have been earmarked for upgrades to equipment.
Saltillo VFD members will be cooking both chicken and beef stew, as well as chili. There is no set fee, but a donation is requested. Food should be ready to be served to the public around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Saltillo VFD station, located beside the store on U.S. Highway 67 at County Road 3604. Stew and chili will be served until it’s all gone, so those who aren’t able to stop in at lunch time still have an opportunity to drop by the fundraiser a little later in the afternoon to partake of the stew and chili, provided any remains.
In addition to the food, Saltillo VFD members will also be raffling off three donated items: a stainless steel gas grill, Rip Sticks (skateboards) and a $250 Wal-Mart gift card. Tickets for chances to win one of the three prizes are available at the Weaver and Saltillo stores, ABC Autoplex and from fire department members, or may be obtained Saturday at the benefit. Chances cost $2 per ticket or $10 for six tickets.
Door prizes, items donated by individuals and local merchants, will also be given away Saturday.
The funds will be used to help finish paying off the cost of outfitting the 2007 brush truck put in service with assistance from the county, which provided the truck and chassis; remodeling the bed, putting a new tank on and reconfiguring a 1999 attack truck; and paying off the loan taken out to upgrade the 1982 Seagrave fire engine which was recently purchased to replace the old 1968 Mack engine, which is used on structure fires as well as for water support of grass fires, motor vehicle crashes and EMS response.
Saltillo VFD responds to structure, grass, medical and vehicle rescue calls. The department’s coverage area spans east to the Franklin County line. Its northern sector spans to County Road 3542 at County Road 3546 and FM 900 north at FM 69 north, then dips south into Flora at County Road 3535. The western border spans from Flora down to County Road 3520 down to 3518. The south border then spans east from the curve at County Road 3521 to County Road 3528, follows County Road 3526, 3528, and 3531 to Interstate 30. The southern border then continues along eastbound I-30 to CR 3354, turning south of I-30 along County Road 3385 and 3371, across FM 3105 to CR 3374 and the county line, according to the Ark-Tex Council of Government’s fire districts’ map.
For more information or to make a donation, contact SVFD Secretary Dutch Vallaster at 903-648-2516.
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