The Buffalo Gap Volunteer Fire Dept. now has a new communications building up and running after three months without one.
It was burned during the Camp Barkley fire in late April that damaged hundreds of acres of land in the area. The building itself was donated and delivered on June 18th by Verizon Wireless in New Mexico. Bandera Drilling and volunteers transported the building to the top of the hill, where it is now.
"I would truly love to tell them thank you, " said Derrick Sowell, Asst. Fire Chief for the Buffalo Gap Volunteer Fire Dept, "They had no idea how much we appreciate this. How honored we are to work in a community like this where we know that we're supported by the citizens." he added.
Numerous other donations from the Community Foundation of Abilene, Beltway Church, First Baptist Church of Abilene and Buffalo Gap, and private donors contributed to replacing other necessities such as wires and lines on the communication tower.
A new repeater was also purchased. This device catches broadcast signals and projects them in emergency situations.
"Communication is one of the biggest factors," said Sowell, "it either helps in an emergency situation or hampers you. So this will really benefit us."