ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – An Ardmore dealership continued its efforts Tuesday to support local fire departments.

Right now, high prices for things like gasoline are putting a strain on people across the country, and fire departments are no exception.

“Talking about the engine right now, you’re talking a couple hundred dollars to fill it up, tanker trucks even more than that,” Lone Grove Fire Department Chief Stacey Phelps said.

For many departments, especially volunteer departments, funding comes almost exclusively from their own fundraising.

Patriot Chevy in Ardmore has spent the past two months hosting events like back the red to try and help.

“Companies and things reaching out to us like this have actually given us more help and we greatly appreciate the help that companies are looking to give us,” the volunteer fire department’s second deputy chief said. by Gene Autry, James Burris.

In addition to the events, they also held a month-long fundraiser through the dealership.

“All of our customers who bought vehicles from us, we gave back for every customer who bought,” said Chevy Patriot general manager Shane Cole. “They helped us with this one and helped us give back to the community.”

It raised over $25,000 and on Tuesday 8 fire departments including Lone Grove, Gene Autry and Mansville came to Ardmore to receive checks for over $3,000 each.

“It means the world to us, especially because this is the first time we’ve had outside help like this and it means a lot to us,” said Mansville volunteer firefighter Elvis Cagle. “It’s a big weight lifted to know that they can help us like that.”

Donations will go a long way toward funding fuel and new equipment, but they can always use more help.

You can find information on how to donate to your local volunteer fire department on their Facebook pages.

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