LCRA, Hamilton County Electric Co-op award $20,240 grant for emergency response tools
New equipment will help Adamsville Volunteer Fire Department better respond to emergencies
May 18, 2020
LAMPASAS COUNTY, Texas – A $20,240 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative will help the Adamsville Volunteer Fire Department purchase new rescue tools to help firefighters responding to car crashes and rural house fires.
This grant, combined with $5,200 in matching funds from the department, will assist the volunteer fire department in upgrading its current hydraulic extractor to a cordless version to help firefighters assist victims in hard-to-reach areas.
“We’re in a very remote area,’’ said Sharon Watson, VFD treasurer. “A lot of these ditches where the accidents are occurring can’t be easily reached. We’re the only fire department in our county that’s not in a city, so if a vehicle is on fire, it could be the difference between life and death. It takes the Lampasas Fire Department about 30 minutes to get out there.”
In addition to the cordless extractor, the department will purchase a cordless ram and exhaust fan to clear out smoke during house fires, when firefighter visibility is impaired. Having tools like these readily available is essential to the department as the community continues to grow, Watson said.
“Our community should know their department has the right equipment to help them,” Watson said.
The Adamsville department, one of four fire departments in Lampasas County, serves a growing rural population.
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. Hamilton County 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.