This fire season is taking a toll on area volunteer fire departments. With so many calls, the West Carlisle Fire Department's budget is stretched pretty thin. On Saturday, their garage was lined with dinner tables instead of fire trucks.
Dozens of people lined up for a taste of the department's first annual Chili, Beans and Cornbread dinner.
"This has been a hard season for the departments around Lubbock but also the entire state," said West Carlisle Chief Tim Smith. "Lubbock County Commissioners court does a very good job with the fire departments in Lubbock County. They do as much as they can but unfortunately this year it's just not enough."
This season vehicles need repairs more often and their trucks need more fuel. Each bowl of chili bought Saturday brings the department closer to funding their needs during this busy fire season.
"We are well above our normal for our fire runs with this type of season and we need the help," said Smith.
The tables stayed full making for a successful fundraiser. They hope to do it again next year.