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Bluebonnet and LCRA award Tanglewood VFD grant for rescue gear

0712
 2016


Bluebonnet and LCRA present a $4,576 grant to Tanglewood VFD for emergency equipment used during vehicle accidents and other rescue situations. From left to right: Christopher Brandon, Tanglewood VFD firefighter, Guy Hall, Tanglewood VFD fire chief, Kenny Martin, Tanglewood VFD president and firefighter, Russell Jurk, Bluebonnet director, Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member, Rick Arnic, LCRA representative, Kate Holman, LCRA representative. 

The Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department will soon have new rescue tools, thanks to a $4,576 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. 
 
The department’s 12 firefighters respond to fires and other emergency calls over a 48-square-mile portion of northern Lee County. In addition, the department provides mutual aid to departments in the nearby communities of Rockdale, Lexington and Black Jack. 
 
The department responds to a high number of 18-wheeler and automobile accidents on U.S. Highway 77, said Guy Hall III, Tanglewood VFD assistant fire chief. The department has the “Jaws of Life” extrication tool to assist in rescuing someone trapped in a vehicle, but the other gear the firefighters use in vehicle rescues was intended for structural firefighting and is cumbersome and heavy. The grant will allow the department to buy equipment specifically designed for vehicle rescues. 
 
“This grant will allow our firefighters to perform auto extrication on vehicles more efficiently when helping trapped victims in an accident,” Hall said. “This grant will benefit the community by allowing us to be properly equipped to perform the extrication. Tanglewood VFD and all its members thank LCRA for their generous assistance in fulfilling our mission in helping our community.” 
 
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. 
 
Applications for the next round of grants are due Aug. 1. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp

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