Kerr County volunteer firefighters soon will have new lifesaving personal protective equipment thanks to a $32,057 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $25,000 in local matching funds, will allow the Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department to replace the firefighters’ standard gear and add new lightweight wildland gear for the entire growing department.
The department’s standard National Fire Protection Association-rated bunker gear will reach the end of its life expectancy this year and should be replaced. Adding new lightweight wildland gear increases firefighters’ mobility during emergencies.
“Having reliable fire protection gear is critical for the safety of our firefighters,” says Turtle Creek VFD President and Lieutenant Lyn Moore. “We’ve recruited new firefighters, and not only will the whole team be fully outfitted, but the addition of wildland equipment will give us greater flexibility to appropriately respond to emergencies and protect the community.”
Turtle Creek VFD serves all of Kerr County, and Bandera, Gillespie and Kendall counties through mutual aid agreements.
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. 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 Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at
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 access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the 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