LCRA awards $40,000 grant for Kinney County fire station improvements
New ramps will help protect firefighters and vehicles while shortening response time
Nov. 30, 2020
KINNEY COUNTY, Texas – Kinney County Fire Rescue will make improvements to its fire station that will help firefighters respond to emergency calls more quickly and safely, thanks to a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The $40,000 Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $10,000 in matching funds, will allow the county to build finished cement ramps and improve vehicle access at the fire station so firetrucks can make a smooth, safe exit and return. Without the improvements, firefighters must leave the station very slowly to avoid bouncing firetrucks into potentially dangerous dusty, rocky or muddy conditions below a drop-off from the vehicle bay. The project also will save on wear and tear on the emergency and rescue vehicles, keeping them in service longer.
“Our station is in an area that can flood with hard rains, and this grant enables us to have an all-weather station,” Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan said. “That’s very important during emergencies.”
Time is of the essence when Kinney County firefighters are responding to emergencies, as they often need to travel to remote parts of the county. They also support neighboring counties during disasters, and in some cases assist local, state and federal responders.
In addition to housing emergency responders and equipment, the Brackettville station also provides space for shelter during disasters, training of local volunteer firefighters and emergency medics, and community outreach and education programs, as well as administrative offices.
“We’re a small county with a low budget, and anything we can get to help taxpayers is a blessing,” Shahan said. “It has taken us a couple of years to get our fire rescue building where we needed, and now we’re going to be able to have a first-class facility for our growing community.”
Kinney County Fire Rescue participates in various community activities for which the improved station will play an important role, including Fire Prevention Week, Fire Station Santa, parades, food drives and school field trips.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
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 fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.