Ava Rural Fire Department protects approx 180 square miles--a lot of miles!!
When Ava Rural Fire Department responds to a house fire, they spend an average of $100 on gas just driving the trucks to the fire. This does not include the gas used during the fire to keep the trucks running or to go get water.
When Ara Rural Fire Department responds to a brush fire, they spend an average of $25 to $75 on gas just driving the trucks to the fire. This does not include the gas used during the fire to keep the trucks running or to go get water.
The insurance for the equipment costs $9,000 per year.
The hand held radios that the fire fighters carry so that they can respond to calls and so that they can communicate while fighting the fires cost $450 a piece.
The radios in the trucks cost $1,000 a piece.
Annual maintenance on the trucks cost $2,000 to $5,000 a year.
Upkeep and replacement of hoses, rakes, oxygen tanks, etc. costs $500 to $3,000 per year depending on what needs replaced.
All of this is provided to the community for $60 per year membership!
The volunteers average 2,100 hours per year of their time to protect our community.
Membership dues do not cover the expense of the fire department. Donations ARE necessary to keep it running!