Bluebonnet, LCRA grant to improve firefighters’ equipment


From left are Kate Holman (LCRA), Amie Jo Pratt, Daryl Ray, Jason Carmean (VFD/Bluebonnet), Scott Pratt, J.C. Pohl, Chris Coufal, Mark Johnson (Bluebonnet), Russell Jurk (Bluebonnet board member), Lori Berger (LCRA board member) and Floyd Etzel. (LCRA photo)

Carmine’s Volunteer Fire Department is outfitting a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck thanks to a $22,500 grant from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority. The money will be used to purchase and install a new tank, pump and other necessary equipment.

“This new tanker will allow us to more than double the amount of water we can bring to a fire in one trip,” said Daryl Ray, secretary of the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, which serves 1,200 people in Fayette and Washington counties. “It also will be equipped to serve as a firefighting truck if needed” and enable Carmine firefighters to provide additional support to neighboring volunteer fire departments when needed.

The grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, providing economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s service areas.

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