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LCRA, Bluebonnet award $7,807 grant to York Creek VFD

0111
 2017


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $7,807 grant to the York Creek Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new protective suits for firefighters. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative board director; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet representative; Scott Robinson, York Creek Volunteer Fire Department training chief; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Andrew Munk, York Creek VFD chief; Gill Powers, York Creek VFD president; and Rick Arnic, LCRA governmental affairs representative.

The York Creek Volunteer Fire Department soon will have new fire protection suits, thanks to a $7,807 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
 
The grant, part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, will allow the department to replace aging suits that have passed or are approaching the end of their 10-year shelf life. The suits protect firefighters in a variety of hazardous situations, ranging from fighting structure fires to responding to motor vehicle crashes.
 
York Creek VFD Fire Chief Andrew Munk said the suits’ materials break down over time due to heat exposure and other hazards. In addition, some of the suits tear or get burned during an emergency and must be immediately retired.
“We serve a large part of Guadalupe County and residents depend on us during fires, medical emergencies and motor vehicle crashes, among other situations,” Munk said. “The safety of our volunteers is paramount as they respond to these emergencies.”
 
Founded in 1984, York Creek VFD has 12 volunteers who cover 69 square miles of northern Guadalupe County and serve approximately 10,000 residents. The department averages 350 calls for service each year.
 
The community grant is awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which 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 Jan. 31, 2017. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.

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