Safety Solutions: Volunteer Fire Department Keeps Muleshoe Safe - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/24/06

Safety Solutions: Volunteer Fire Department Keeps Muleshoe Safe

"I think anybody ought to have a public service, one or two things they do for the public," says Jack Rennels.

Since 1965, Rennels has called himself a volunteer fire fighter for Muleshoe. He's the Assistant Chief but it's not his only job.

Rennels says, "I hook up all the stuff and keep it all running." 

NewsChannel 11 also interviewed Rennels at Cable Channel 6 where he helps run the television station. 

Richard Ronek trades in his overalls for fire gear. He's the Muleshoe Fire Chief. 

Ronek says, "We're the only fire department in Bailey County and the county is about 927 square miles."

That means you'll find the Muleshoe Fire Department on the scene of traffic accidents in Bailey County, at house fires and NewsChannel 11 cameras even caught the Muleshoe volunteers out at a grass fire near Sudan back in April.

Ronek says, "We've had a lot more calls this year than in past because of the fire danger with the wildfires."  

Muleshoe usually responds to 70 fire calls a year but so far this year, they've been to more than 110 fires. With thirteen trucks, Muleshoe is often asked to assist other departments.

Ronek says, "When you live in our area, you've got to haul water. You can't find enough water."

What you can find is spirit.

Rennels says, "I love it. I'll die doing it."

7/24/06
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