LCRA and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative representatives present a $12,466 grant to the Shive Volunteer Fire Department for a new fire engine water tank. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Joe Raibourn, Hamilton County Electric Co-op director of office services; George Russell, LCRA Board member; Michael Bosse, Shive VFD fire chief; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative.
The Shive Volunteer Fire Department will soon replace its fire engine water tank with one that is safer and will help conserve water, thanks to a $12,466 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative.
The grant, along with $3,117 in matching funds, will allow the department to replace its existing unbaffled water tank with a new 1,800-gallon tank. The National Fire Protection Association recommends tanks be baffled with partitions to prevent the sloshing of water in a moving truck. The new tank will allow firefighters to drive the engine with a full or partially filled tank, while reducing the risk of the fire engine rolling over.
“The safety of our firefighters is our main concern,” said Michael Bosse, chief of the Shive VFD. “This new tank will help a lot.”
The new tank also will help the fire department conserve water.
“No longer will our firefighters have to dump water after putting out a fire, because of the risk of it causing a rollover on the way back to the station,” Bosse said. “Now, they can save water, and our drivers will make it home safely.”
Shive VFD was established in 1958 and provides fire protection to about 375 residents in southwest Hamilton County. Shive VFD also has mutual aid agreements with nearby departments.
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 wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Hamilton County 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
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the 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
Source: LCRA Business News