Holt Volunteer Fire District closer to $3K goal, brush truck repair

holt fire brush truck ribs

Four large cookers smoked racks of ribs Aug. 30-31 in front of the Holt Volunteer Fire District. The fire department collected $2,656 from the fundraiser, whose proceeds will help refurbish a brush truck.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

HOLT — 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 Holt’s 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.

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