AGUA DULCE - Wyatt Ranches donated $100,000 to the Agua Dulce Volunteer Fire Department, through the Nueces Jim Wells County Emergency Services District Number 5, on behalf of The Wyatt Foundation.
Fire Chief Wayne Wursthorn excitedly welcomed the donation for his Department.
He stated the funds would be immediately used for the construction of a new fire station planned for property previously acquired along State Highway 44, adjacent to the Post Office in Agua Dulce.
The volunteer fire department has eight fire fighting vehicles; however, the current station only has only enough space to house two of their fire trucks…leaving the other six exposed to the harsh South Texas weather.
“The equipment we’ve worked hard to acquire begins to deteriorate after just one year when it sits outside in the elements. We are very grateful to Wyatt Ranches for the $100,000 grant - and this will be a great start for constructing our station and securing our equipment,” Chief Wursthorn said.
He believes construction will begin in early 2018. When asked what color the building would be, Chief Wursthorn smiled and responded, “Red…of course.”
Bradford Wyatt, Administrator for Wyatt Ranches, stated the Ranches were excited to assist the Agua Dulce Volunteer Firefighters with their new station.
Billy Wells, President of The Wyatt Foundation, said, “The Foundation is pleased to have a part in the ESD’s construction of the fire station…and we look forward to seeing the ‘fire-engine red’ structure being built along State Highway 44.”
The Nueces Jim Wells County Emergency Services District (ESD) Number 5 covers 96 square miles in portions of both Jim Wells and Nueces Counties. The ESD funds the Agua Dulce Volunteer Fire Department, which consists of 15 dedicated volunteers.
Situated in South Texas and also in West Texas, Wyatt Ranches has six cattle ranching divisions. Their cattle ranches are scattered south from Agua Dulce to the Rio Grande River; and west from Marfa to Valentine, with some ranches supplemented with agricultural farming operations.
The Wyatt Foundation is headquartered in Realitos, Texas, and their directors include Ana Lisa Garza, Billy Wells, Don Nelson, Steven Wyatt, and Bradford Wyatt. The Foundation has made donations to numerous governmental entities and non-profit organizations in the rural areas of both South and West Texas…ranging from ambulances, firefighting apparatus and stations, community oriented policing funds for sheriff’s offices, county park enhancements, and for repairs to city streets…in addition to grants for public schools for their security systems, climate control systems, computers, sports and recreational needs, as well as swimming pool and band facilities.