WEST (CBSDFW.COM) — A national fund has been established to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died as a result of Wednesday’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is organizing the fundraiser and will be using the funds to “assist the survivors and coworkers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need.”

“This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF in a statement. “We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support.”

Donations can be mailed by check to:
NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Credit card donations can also be made at www.regonline.com/westtx.

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