LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $15,676 grant for new radios to aid first responders

State-of-the-art radios will be used by firefighters, medics with Tarpley VFD

Nov. 13, 2019

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LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative representatives present a $15,676 grant to the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department for handheld radios. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Tarpley VFD Chief Adam Jenschke; LCRA Board member Lori A. Berger; Lindsey Bertrand, marketing team lead at Bandera Electric Cooperative; Tarpley VFD treasurer Curtis Kosub; Robert Sanders, president of Tarpley VFD; Tarpley VFD Capt. Doug Carlyle; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Regional Affairs representative.

BANDERA COUNTY, Texas – A $15,676 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will help fund the purchase of new handheld radios for first responders with the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department.

The grant, along with matching funds of $3,919 from Tarpley VFD, will be used to buy five state-of-the-art, six-watt radios, continuing an upgrade that began in 2017 with an initial purchase of 10 six-watt units. The new radios will be allocated to the department’s most active firefighters and medics who don’t yet have a top-shelf unit.

Founded in 1975, the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department covers a service area that spans 91 square miles of hilly, diverse terrain in south central Bandera County. Through experience, the department’s firefighters and medics have learned the vital importance of clear and precise communication in the field, and how a rugged handheld radio that performs flawlessly can prevent injury and loss of life.

“With the addition of five more handheld radios, each apparatus and each active firefighter in the department will have the best possible handheld device for communicating on analog and digital channels throughout the Hill Country in Bandera County – and with adjoining fire departments with whom we engage in mutual-aid responses,” said Capt. Doug Carlyle, secretary of the Tarpley VFD.

“This not only makes for distinct and clear dispatching and effective communication during a call, but the radios also have the transmitting power and reception capability to enhance emergency response, allowing us to serve our stakeholders in the best way possible,” Carlyle said.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently 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 wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bandera Electric Cooperative 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 from Jan. 1-31, 2020. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

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