CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas – A $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative will help the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department purchase new emergency gear for its firefighters.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $17,615 in matching funds, will allow the department to buy eight self-contained breathing apparatus systems, which provide firefighters with breathable air when responding to emergencies. The new equipment will replace the department’s 15-year-old equipment. 
“It was getting kind of scary knowing they could fail us,” said Fire Chief David Childress. “They’re in compliance, but they tend to have problems, and now with the new equipment we can be more efficient.”
Maxwell VFD has 20 members who provide emergency services to Caldwell County Emergency Services District 2, which has a population of 7,500 people. They also provide mutual emergency assistance to Caldwell County’s 11 fire departments.
“We’re excited about this grant because it’s going to help us out tremendously,” Childress said. “We wouldn’t have been able get them without the funding. The new equipment will not only help us, but other volunteer departments in the area, and improve the response capability in the region.” 
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. 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 will be accepted July 1-31. More information is available at

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