Grape Creek firefighters hosting a 24-hour food drive

The Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department will host a 24-hour food drive fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 7-8.

According to Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jered Thomason, the department is hosting the fundraiser for several reasons. The drive will benefit the Grape Creek community food pantry and Grape Creek firefighters during the Texas A&M Annual Fire School in College Station.

“We have a very diverse group of 25 volunteer firefighters and once a year there is the Texas A&M Annual Fire School that we want to send them to. We have mechanics, college students, high school students, business owners, career firefighters, career paramedics and women who work for Texas Department of Transportation,” Thomsason said.

“People from all around the world are there,” he said, “And they are training for a full week as firefighters.”

Students at the fire school can choose between firefighting training, rope rescue training and vehicle extraction.

According to Thomason, it is the largest fire school in the world and every year the fire department try to send down between five to 10 people, depending on how many of them gets off their paid job.

“The goal is to raise enough money to pay for all the guys expenditures so that they will not need to pay out of pocket for their own training,” Thomason stated. “As a volunteer fire department it is hard for us to dish out that much money to send everybody to school, so we rely heavily on fundraisers.” Thomason said.

Non-perishable food items for the pantry will be accepted in the parking lot of Grape Creek Independent School District’s administration building, 8207 U.S. Hwy 87 N.

There will also be a barbecue and bake sale to where proceeds will go toward travel and lodging expenses of the Grape Creek firefighters during the fire school. Cash donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call 325-763-8721.