Ben Wheeler Fire & Rescue provides emergency response for safety of life and property.  Established in 1963 and stationed at the crossroads of FM 773, 279 & 858, the department moved just feet away into a station built in 2014.   We are staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers, typically consisting of  15-20 first-responder/firefighters and  up to 10 Support-Services staff. The department operates 3 Fire Engines, 2 Mini-Pumpers (brush trucks), 1 water Tanker/Tinder and a light Rescue response vehicle. The department covers 44 sq miles of fire district, but also provide Mutual-aid to areas in Van Zandt County, Edom, Van, Midway and others (even into Smith County).   Aside from the occasional project-specific grant, we rely almost entirely upon the generosity of our neighbors for the funds needed to purchase & maintain our equipment. We are a 501(c)3 Public Charity and your donations may be tax-deductible.