LCRA, Bluebonnet award $50,000 grant to Dale VFD


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $50,000 grant to the Dale Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a cab and chassis for a new brush truck. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Clifton Holder, firefighter; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet representative; John Hernandez, Dale VFD president; Brian Barrington, Dale VFD fire chief; Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet board director; Rick Arnic, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; and A.S. Mercado with Dale VFD.

The Dale Volunteer Fire Department soon will have a new brush truck thanks to a $50,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. The grant, along with $15,000 in matching funds, will allow the fire department to purchase a cab and chassis to assemble the new truck.

The department plans to reallocate firefighting equipment and tools from a current truck to the new multipurpose truck, which will carry tools for firefighting, as well as medical supplies, rescue gear and personal protective equipment for first responders.

“We are very excited about this grant, because without it we would not be able to afford a safe, dependable, emergency response vehicle,” said John Hernandez, Dale VFD president. “This new truck will keep our firefighters safe and efficient in responding to the many emergencies in and around our community.”

Hernandez said the department’s aging truck fleet constantly needs repairs, with firefighters sometimes faced with trucks that will not start as they try to respond to an emergency.

“Having a new brush truck will help us respond year-round to save lives and property when an emergency occurs,” Hernandez said. “We are very grateful for this program and the huge positive impact it will have for many years to come.”

Dale VFD serves about 4,000 people in Dale and surrounding communities in Caldwell and Bastrop counties.

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 wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at

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