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New equipment will help Medina VFD better respond to emergencies


LCRA and Bandera Electric Cooperative representatives present a $25,000 grant to the Medina Volunteer Fire Department to better equip a new firetruck. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Daryl Burger, Medina VFD assistant fire chief/board director; Clay Walker, Medina VFD board director; Jerry Pierce, Bandera Electric Cooperative board director; Shane Keese, Medina VFD fire chief; Fred Sides, Medina VFD board director; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Lauren Murley, Bandera Electric Cooperative representative; Donny Rambin, Medina VFD board director/firefighter and Bandera Electric Cooperative representative; Lee Bailey, Medina VFD president/ EMT/firefighter; and Craig Knight, Medina VFD board director.

The Medina Volunteer Fire Department will add much-needed gear to a new firetruck with the help of a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative.
Medina VFD is using the grant, along with other grants from the community, to equip a new pumper truck to help the department better respond to emergencies and provide enhanced medical treatment around Bandera County.
Medina volunteer firefighter Criss Wilson said the newly equipped truck will benefit the entire region, because the department often assists other agencies during emergencies. He said fire hydrants are available in less than one square mile of the department’s coverage zone, making the water the vehicle can transport to the scene of a fire essential.
The upgrades also will help provide enhanced medical treatment within the “golden hour” to people in remote areas of the county and will provide firefighters with gear needed for wildfire suppression and vehicle extrication.
“Without LCRA, it would have taken us three years to outfit that truck,” Wilson said. “With LCRA, it will take us a month. It is 100 percent useful for our agency and other agencies in our county on day one.”
The Medina department has mutual aid agreements with eight other agencies in Bandera County, and responds to mutual aid calls several times a week.
The community grant is 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 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 are due Jan. 31, 2017. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.