LCRA, Bluebonnet Co-op award $49,565 grant to Blue Volunteer Fire Department
New building, renovations will help department serve growing population
Nov. 16, 2020
LEXINGTON, Texas – The Blue Volunteer Fire Department will soon construct a new building and renovate the existing fire station, thanks to a $49,565 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $13,150 in matching funds from the department, will allow BVFD to expand its resources to continue to meet the needs of the community. The new building will assist in housing the department’s growing fleet of emergency response vehicles, while a renovation to the existing station will create a space for training and community meetings.
“We service a little over 100 square miles of mostly rural farmland, but we are seeing an influx of people coming from the Austin area and our population is growing,” Fire Chief Rick Isaacks said. “There are plans for developing new RV plots and tract housing, and our call volume is increasing.”
The department is committed to anticipating and preparing for a rise in the demand of its services.
“As we have more people move out here, we’re seeing different types of emergencies,” Isaacks said. “In the last several years, we’ve brought the department to another level as far as equipment, training and response capability goes.”
Currently, the area lacks a community events center. The grant will help the department create a meeting space for operations and fire safety trainings that will also be available to local groups.
“This will open up opportunities for nonprofits to have a meeting place,” Isaacks said. “They’ll have a bathroom and kitchen area, too. It helps us give back to the community.
“We are very appreciative for LCRA and Bluebonnet granting this to us,” he said. “This is a big need that we’ve been trying to accomplish for many years. We’re trying to stay ahead of the growth in the area so we can maintain the high level of response that our people deserve. Our volunteers just want to help the community. That’s what it is all about for us.”
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. Bluebonnet 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.
About Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 108,000 meters, and owns and maintains 12,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to bluebonnet.coop and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.