WEST ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department is having money trouble.
Longtime Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis tells NewsWest 9, vandalism is partly to blame.
Chief Ellis joined the department two decades ago.
He says their fire trucks are parked outside and vandals damage the trucks and steal gas from them.
The West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department is located in the 2700 block of North Tripp.
It opened in 1978 and documents about 500 runs a year or one to ten calls a day.
About 25,000 people in Ector County depend on fire protection from the West Odessa VFD.
Lately, the 20 men and women who volunteer their time at the department have been donating their own money to make sure the operation continues.
NewsWest 9 spoke with Chief Ellis over the phone and he says the last case of vandalism happened about two months ago.
But the security cameras didn't capture anything significant.
This week, Aghorn Energy, donated $20,000 to the volunteer fire department.
The department operates on a $43,000 budget.