Firefighters will be able to conduct swift-water rescues, fight lakeside fires from the water.
From the Picture; LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $19,643 grant to the Cassie Volunteer Fire Department for a new rescue boat. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Bill Pennington, assistant fire chief; George Sanchez, firefighter; Michael L. “Mike” Allen, LCRA Board member; Nancy Eckert Yeary, LCRA Board member; Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager; George W. Russell, LCRA Board member; Caroline Tinsley Porter, PEC community relations coordinator; Joshua Nugent, firefighter; Nancy Nehring, secretary; Chris Kelley, firefighter; Ben Schneider, ESD commissioner; Jayden Foster, Earl Foster’s grandson; Derrick Curtis, fire chief; Ed Schaefer, safety officer; Laura Schneider, firefighter; Jim Luther, Jr., Burnet County commissioner; Roxanne Nelson, Burnet County justice of the peace; Leslie Ray, Burnet County constable; Chuck Schoenfeld, firefighter; Doug Shields, firefighter; Earl Foster, Lakeway Municipal Utility District general manager and CDPP review committee member; and Susan Patten, LCRA Regional Affairs representative.
Texas – Cassie Volunteer Fire Department/Burnet County ESD #2 soon will
purchase a new fire rescue boat thanks to a $19,643 grant from the
Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $26,643
in matching contributions, will enhance the department’s abilities to
respond to emergencies near the water. When calls for services that
require a boat come in, the department now has to request mutual aid
from nearby departments or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The
new boat will allow the department to respond immediately to calls.
Cassie VFD Fire Chief Derrick Curtis says the new fire rescue boat will
greatly enhance emergency response services on Inks Lake and the
southeast section of Lake Buchanan. Cassie VFD is one of four volunteer
fire departments providing emergency response services on Lake Buchanan
and one of three on Inks Lake. Between the five departments, there
currently are two rescue boats.
“Burnet County is highly susceptible to flash flooding, and when it
happens, we’re on the front lines,” Curtis said. “This rescue boat is
vital to our mission to protect the lives of Burnet County citizens and
visitors, and thanks to LCRA and PEC, we’re able to purchase the boat,
train with it and deploy it much sooner than we would have been able to
otherwise. It absolutely will save lives.”
Cassie VFD has four trained swift-water rescue technicians and a trained swift-water rescue boat operator.
“As water managers in Flash Flood Alley, we are well aware of how
quickly flash flooding can occur,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general
manager. “First responders can’t always get to the site of an emergency
by land, and this new rescue boat will let Cassie firefighters respond
quickly, without having to wait for help from other departments. We are
pleased the CDPP grant could help add another rescue boat to the area
help enhance public safety.’’
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded
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. Pedernales 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 enhancing the lives of Texans through water
stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the
Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.
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