MDA The members of the Wichita Falls Fire Department are very active in the community while off duty as well as on duty. Our members work very hard each year to raise money for Jerry’s Kids through the MDA Fill the Boot Drive. Every year, usually around Labor Day, fire fighters take to the street with boots in hand all over the United States in an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
It is our hope that some day a cure for this awful disease will be found through research funded in part by our organization. Over 300 man hours are donated by the fire fighters of Wichita Falls every year for this cause. Over the last 4 years, $60,570.38 dollars have been collected by the members of the Fire Department expending over 1200 off-duty hours
The Wichita Falls Fire Department has participated in the Hotter than Hell Hundred bike ride/race since it’s inception in August of 1981. We provide manpower for the last rest stop with many of our members and their families helping out. For the last several years we have provided roaming medical responders to attend to the thousands of riders.
Operation Santa Claus
Members of the Department come together each year to assemble bikes and gather toys for the kids. Last Christmas, over 700 bikes were given to the needy children in our community. Operation Santa Claus spends thousands of dollars on bikes and toys each year for the kids in our area.
With no help from any State or Federal agencies, Operation Santa Claus provides new bicycles and toys to over 1000 children each year, keeping the hope of Santa Claus alive. The members of the Fire Department contribute over 1000 off-duty hours to this effort.
The members of the Fire Department also donate to other charities:
- Texas Heart Institute
- North Texas Rehab Center
- Wichita Falls Realtors Association
- Feed for the Oil Bowl Players
- Tres Hood Memorial Golf Tournament
- MSU Burns Fantasy of Lights
- The Rathgeber Hospitality House
- Patsy’s House
The Fire Marshal's Division also participates in the "Adopt an Airman" Thanksgiving Day event. This program is an example of the close ties the community has with Sheppard Air Force Base. Each Thanksgiving residents can share their home, family and meal with airmen from the base.