LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $24,999 grant to Center Point VFD
New equipment will help firefighters better respond to emergencies
Nov. 16, 2021
KERR COUNTY, Texas – The Center Point Volunteer Fire Department will purchase new firefighting and emergency response equipment, thanks to a $24,999 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $6,499 in matching funds, will allow Center Point VFD to purchase a thermal imaging camera to help firefighters see more clearly in smoky conditions and locate hot spots, and a smoke evacuation fan to quickly clear rooms of smoke. The department also will purchase a gas leak detector and portable fire monitors.
“We respond to different types of emergencies that range from wildland fires to vertical rescue,” said Charles Holt, Center Point VFD fire chief. “The new equipment will help us fight fires more efficiently and get to people quicker.”
The equipment also will be used to respond to emergencies in the surrounding areas. Holt said the department partners with other fire departments to provide mutual aid.
“We have a large service area that covers 112 square miles in Kerr County,” Holt said. “Our communities are tightknit, so we rely on each other for support. It’s hard to fight fires efficiently and safely without the proper emergency equipment. This grant will help us better serve our communities.”
The Center Point VFD serves about 4,700 people and offers mutual aid to Comfort, Kerrville, Ingram, Bandera, Fredericksburg, Mountain Home and Medina.
The community grant is one of 32 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. Bandera Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
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.