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Lake Brownwood fire department awarded grant to help pay for new truck

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LAKE BROWNWOOD, Texas - The Texas A&M Forest Service presented a $200,000 check to the Lake Brownwood Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday.

Those funds will provide relief for the department, which recently bought a $268,000 fire truck that hauls about a thousand gallons of water and seats five people, according to Lake Brownwood VFD Chief Randy Feight.

He said Texas A&M Forest Service notified the department last year about winning the grant. Firefighters raised the remaining $68,000 by asking Lake Brownwood residents for donations and hosting cook offs.

“This is the best truck this department has ever had,” Taylor Fletcher, a volunteer firefighter, said. “We couldn’t be more thankful for the services we’re going to provide with this truck."

Feight said they’d been trying for the last two years to get a new, larger truck.

Lake Brownwood has 5,000 people living there year-round, but during the summer months, the population swells to close to 10,000.

“We’ll haul more water, protect the community and the assets around the lake, and help people,” he said. “Sometimes we may go to Cross Plains or Bangs.”

The volunteer fire department falls in precinct four of Brown County, and Commissioner Larry Traweek attended Tuesday’s check presentation.

He said acquiring a new truck was long overdue.

“Of course it rained last night, but it won’t rain forever. This thing will keep us safe,” he said.

 

This grant is part of a Texas A&M Forest Service program that provides funds for volunteer fire departments, as long as the community, pitches in a portion of the cost.


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