LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award Bandera Fire and Rescue $17,118 grant

New life-saving equipment, fire station upgrades will help department better serve community

June 17, 2019

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LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative representatives present a $17,118 grant to Bandera Fire and Rescue for new emergency equipment and fire station upgrades. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Debra Slate, Bandera Fire and Rescue treasurer; Scott Slate, Bandera Fire and Rescue president; Michael L. “Mike” Allen, LCRA Board member; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Frances Laue, BEC board member; Bill Hetherington, BEC chief executive officer; Cody Burns, firefighter; Scott Malone, firefighter/EMT; and Robin Konz, BEC member relations representative.

BANDERA, Texas – Bandera Fire and Rescue will purchase much-needed life-saving equipment and make upgrades to its fire station, thanks to a $17,118 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative.

The community development grant, along with $4,400 in matching contributions, will allow the department to purchase two automated external defibrillators and replace the light fixtures at the fire station with energy-efficient LED lighting. The walls and floors of the firehouse also will be repainted.

Scott Slate, Bandera Fire and Rescue president, said the defibrillators will enable firefighters to treat cases of cardiac arrest immediately. 

The new fire station floor will be oil and chemical resistant, creating a safer, non-slip surface.

“The updates to the fire station will not only create a more aesthetically pleasing place on the main street of our city, but also will benefit the department by creating a safer work environment for our volunteers,” Slate 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 July 1-31. 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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