Andrews City Proposing to Donate Ambulance to Community of West 5/6/13
CBS 7 News
May 6, 2013
Andrews – It’s been a few weeks since a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled a large part of the central Texas town of West.
In that time, over $300,000 have been raised and supplies have been driven in from all across the country even from right here in the Permian Basin.
Now one west Texas town is considering giving them even more.
EMS-1 in Andrews has been out of service for several months. While there is no immediate need to the unit, the city of Andrews have different plans for it; \to send it West.
The blast at the West fertilizer plant rocked the first responder community. It even had an affect on our first responders back home.
“Even though we don’t live in the city of West, we felt their loss here,” Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones said.
The explosion wiped out fire trucks and several ambulances. It got Chief Jones thinking of how his department could help.
“We elected to propose to donate one of our ambulances to West,” he said. “Their needs are much greater than ours.”
It's not just an ambulance the community of West could be receiving from Andrews. Andrews County Commissioners are considering providing the funds for a new fire truck as well.
Jones says the first responder community is a family, and when one is need, they're always willing to help.
“We’re all one big brotherhood,” Jones said. “This is just a small way of us helping our neighbors.”
West has a long road to recovery, Jones hopes this EMS unit will help the journey.
City council will vote whether or not to send the ambulance to West in their meeting this week.