LCRA, Bluebonnet award $12,000 grant to Caldwell County Emergency Services District No. 3


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $12,000 grant to Caldwell County Emergency Services District No. 3 to buy new rescue equipment. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Cole Jackson, Martindale Volunteer Fire Department firefighter; Drew Schulle, Martindale VFD firefighter; Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet board director; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet representative; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Richard Salmon, Caldwell Emergency Services District No. 3 vice president; Bill Hamilton, Caldwell Emergency Services District No. 3 secretary; Randy Bunker, Martindale mayor; and Rick Arnic, LCRA governmental affairs representative.

Caldwell County Emergency Services District No. 3 will buy additional medical and rescue equipment with a $12,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
The grant will enable the district to purchase a thermal imaging camera, medical bags and water rescue bags. The emergency services district, now in its second year, is a funding resource for emergency response organizations that serve Caldwell County.
“Caldwell County experiences its share of floods – during two floods in 2014, we rescued about 75 people during each event,” said Richard Salmon, Caldwell County ESD No. 3 vice president. “A thermal imaging camera would be a huge help in locating people who need rescuing from their homes so we can pinpoint where they are and can get to them quickly.”
The population of Caldwell County is nearly 40,000, and the county borders three of the state’s most rapidly growing counties – Hays, Travis and Guadalupe. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates 640,000 vehicles travel along State Highway 80 through Martindale each month.
“In addition to the thermal imaging camera that can be used by water rescuers, as well as firefighters to detect hot spots, we also will buy water rescue bags and medical bags to use for medical calls that range from traffic accidents to recreational tubing injuries on the river,” Salmon said. “Our job is to make sure responders have the equipment they need to keep serving the people who need help, and this grant will help us do 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 Jan. 31. More information is available at

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