Want to help out your local volunteer fire department? Have some funnel cake.
With this year being one of the driest on record, fires are sparking all over the state. These volunteer fire departments are hoping that fair food sales will help replenish what they've lost.
The West Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department has been in the same spot for 20 years. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year, they really need it.
"They've been so big this year it's just been really hard on everybody," West Carlisle Volunteer Firefighter Michael Frizzell said.
West Carlisle has lost tires, trucks and other equipment fighting fires like the one in Matador, where 40,000 acres went up in flames in less than five hours. They hope this year's funnel cake sales will help make up for what they've lost.
The New Deal Volunteer Fire Department is also facing hardship.
"Our run volume is up like everybody else. We've run a lot more calls this year than normal. Fortunately we haven't had any of the big ones. Knock on wood," said New Deal Fire Chief, Randy Teeter.
New Deal is trying to build a new fire department.
"We've way outgrown our old one. We have stuff sitting outside, which is not good for our equipment, which makes our response slower," Teeter said.
New Deal hopes to raise the money by selling tacos, nachos and the famous paramedic delight.
"That's the deep fried fudge brownies," Teeter explained.
The money you spend on Mexican food, sugar sweetness, or original funnel cake will help replenish both fire departments - in a year that's been tough on everybody.
Both fire departments are looking to raise more than $10,000 to support them through the year.
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