HOLT ó The Holt Volunteer Fire District has nearly reached its $3,000 goal for repairing a 2001 Dodge brush truck.


HOLT ó The Holt Volunteer Fire District has nearly reached its $3,000 goal for repairing a 2001 Dodge brush truck.



The fire district raised $2,656 from an Aug. 30-31 rib sale, which inched members closer to their target.



The district sold out of racks of smoked barbecue ribs, fire district treasurer Jim Connors said.



"We sold 396 racks of ribs," Connors said. "We actually had people buy racks of ribs and say, 'Give (them) to someone else.'"



The district, with First Baptist Church of Holtís assistance, found four needy residents who received free meals.  



"We got great support from the community," Connors said of the sale. "People told us they smelled the smoke from Highway 90 and they followed it (to the fire station)."



The district maintains and insures the 160,000-mile brush truck while it is on loan from the Florida Forestry Service. Members use the truck when they respond to calls in wooded areas with dirt roads, Connors said.



From raffles to fishing tournaments, the fire department has several fundraisers throughout the year. Fundraising helps the department cover rising fuel costs, insurance costs and other district needs.



The fire district, which has 13 volunteer firefighters, responded to 346 medical and fire calls in 2012, Connors said.



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