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West EMS Struggles Financially after Blast

While the West Volunteer Fire Department has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations in the aftermath of the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion, independent nonprofit West Emergency Medical Services hasn’t been so fortunate, probably because potential donors assume the two departments are connected, according to KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas.

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The EMS headquarters were just two blocks from the blast site and the entire complex was destroyed by the blast and two ambulances damaged.

Insurance will help pay for the lost building, but supplies and the ambulances were underinsured, according to Tom Marek, director of West Emergency Medical Services.

West EMS needs nearly $300,000 to replace equipment, training materials and the radio system, Marek said. It has received less than $100,000 so far and is presently down to one ambulance. The service depends on donations and collections from ambulance runs.