Darrell Brown of Town & Country Bank admits he has had no formal training as a waiter. He is doubtful that he can deftly handle a tray full of food or fill an iced tea glass without splattering. And he doesn’t know a thing about taking orders.

He’s simply a banker.

But don’t let a little thing like that stop you from heading to Bull Nettle for dinner Tuesday night, where Brown and a host of local “celebrity waiters” will take part in KCUB’s “Fire Aid,” an event aimed at raising funds for area fire departments.

KCUB’s John Hollinger said tips earned by “celebrity waiters” will go toward the purchase of much-needed equipment for the new fire command center.

“We finally managed to get the command center,” Hollinger said. “What we need to do now is raise money to outfit it.”

The command center was ordered last year, and an estimated $10,000 is still needed to purchase items such as communication equipment, cabinets, tables, chairs and fans. The owners of Bull Nettle plan to donate a portion of the night’s proceeds, as well.

Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue Chief Kenneth Howell, who will also wait tables Tuesday night, said he’s “a little anxious” about his upcoming gig.

“I encourage all patrons to wear raincoats,” Howell said. “This could get messy.”

Likewise, Brown said he plans to stick by the motto, “safety first,” during his stint as a waiter.

“I think ‘safety first’ is an appropriate motto to use that night considering the fact that we’ll be working for the fire department,” Brown said. “And since we’re working for tips, I would tell customers that if they see us coming to ‘stop, drop, and roll.’ We don’t want any one to get hurt.”

And if that doesn’t work, duck.

The fund-raiser begins at 6 p.m.

Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.