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GIVING BACK: Carmine Volunteer Fire Department receives $22,500 grant

0106
 2015


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative present a $22,500 grant to the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) to complete the outfitting of a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck. This grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Kate Holman, LCRA representative; Jason Carmean, CVFD chief; J.C. Pohl, CVFD president; Mark Johnson, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representative; and Lori Berger, LCRA Board member. Back row, left to right, are Amie Jo Pratt, CVFD first responder; Daryl Ray, CVFD secretary; Scott Pratt, CVFD firefighter; Chris Coufal, CVFD treasurer; Russell Jurk, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative board member; and Floyd Etzel, CVFD director. (Photo courtesy LCRA) 

The Carmine Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will be able to complete the outfitting of a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck thanks to a $22,500 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. 
 
The grant is intended to help improve firefighting services in the Carmine community. The Carmine fire department serves about 1,200 people in its response area. 
 
“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. “It also will be equipped to serve as a firefighting truck if needed.” 
 
The department’s current tanker is a 1988 model with a 1,500-gallon tank that has undergone two major tank repairs. By doubling that capacity in the new tanker, Carmine can provide additional support to neighboring volunteer fire departments if needed. 
 
“We help Ledbetter, Round Top/Warrenton and Burton on a regular basis,” Ray said. “With a better equipped fire department, we can provide improved firefighting capabilities, thus saving more property and, hopefully, lives.” 
 
The grant will enable the fire department to purchase and install the new tank, pump and associated plumbing, inlet and discharge outlets, and other required equipment on the new truck. 
 
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
 

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