Prairie Hill-Rocky Hill VFD receives grant from Bluebonnet and LCRA for emergency equipment


Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and LCRA present a $10,342 grant to the Prairie Hill-Rocky Hill VFD for two backup power generators and a portable light. From left to right: Doyle Dahman, Prairie Hill-Rocky Hill VFD fire chief, Doug Zweiner, deputy fire chief, Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member, Hondo Powell, Bluebonnet community representative, Kate Holman, LCRA representative.

The Prairie Hill-Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department will soon have two backup power generators and a portable light, thanks to a $10,342 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. 
The department’s 15 volunteer firefighters handle fires and other emergency calls over 61 square miles in the northeastern part of Washington County. Some of the department’s equipment dates back to the early 1980s. The department has no paid staff and gets about 85 percent of its funding from contributions. 
The grant will enable the department to buy two propane power generators that will be permanently mounted outside the fire station and a nearby 3,750-square-foot training hall. Together, the buildings can serve as a command center and emergency evacuation site that can provide up to 200 people with a place to stay and a reliable source of power should disaster strike and electricity go out. 
The portable lighting will help firefighters better respond to emergencies. 
“This grant will allow our department to better serve the community by providing backup electrical power so our facilities can provide a safe and comfortable evacuation location and emergency operations at our station headquarters,’’ said Doug Zwiener, deputy fire department chief and grant coordinator. “This is yet another example of our motto: ‘We are neighbors helping our neighbors,’ and LCRA helps us do just that." 
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program 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. Bluebonnet 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 Aug. 1. More information is available at

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