LCRA awards $4,962 grant to Ingram Volunteer Fire Department
New ventilation saws and trauma kits will help improve emergency responses
May 11, 2020
KERR COUNTY, Texas – The Ingram Volunteer Fire Department will purchase two ventilation saws and medical kits to help firefighters battle fires, thanks to a $4,962 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant will allow the Ingram VFD to purchase two ventilation saws to help vent attic spaces to allow extreme heat and combustible gases to escape, which can help prevent fires from spreading. The department will also purchase three new first aid and trauma kits for medical care needed at emergency scenes.
“The saws are vital to make our jobs safer,” said Diana Baccus, Ingram VFD’s assistant fire chief. “Building fires retain heat and combustible gases that can make the fire spread faster, making it difficult for firefighters to enter a building. The saws will help with the systematic removal of heat, smoke and fire gases. Ventilation can increase visibility, reduce fire spreading and increase the opportunity for victims to survive.”
The Ingram VFD, which has 50 members, serves the 9,000 residents of Ingram and covers a service area of 68 square miles. The department also provides mutual aid for fire departments in Kerr County and surrounding counties.
“We’re very blessed to receive the grant from LCRA,” Baccus said. “With our current budget, we would not be able to purchase this equipment on our own.”
The community grant is one of 28 grants awarded recently 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.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-31. 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.