LCRA, Bandera Electric Co-op award $39,600 grant to upgrade Comfort fire station
New roof will protect fire trucks, equipment from outside elements
May 19, 2020
KENDALL COUNTY, Texas – The Comfort Volunteer Fire Department will replace its station’s worn-out roof thanks to a $39,600 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $9,900 in matching contributions, will allow the department to install a new roof to help safeguard multiple fire trucks, engines and other emergency equipment, as well as communication and office equipment.
“The facility and metal roof are 25 years old and the roof has run its course,” said Bruce McNabb, department secretary. “It has damage from normal wear and tear and it leaks. It’s time for a new roof.”
Comfort VFD serves an area with a population between 5,000 to 6,000 people in western Kendall and eastern Kerr counties.
The fire station serves as the emergency management site for western Kendall County and is the site for the community’s annual Good Friday Fish Fry, trick-or-treaters and antique car shows.
“We are thrilled to get this grant,” McNabb said. “The firehouse is the center point of the whole community. Being able to present a newly improved facility that will help protect our equipment is very important.”
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. 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 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.