Oakalla receives grant for new substation

LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $19,882 grant to the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department for a new substation. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Jared Fields, PEC community engagement representative; Pam Schlumpberger, firefighter; Chris Mick, VFD treasurer; Gene Keeling, VFD president; Damon Beierle, Burnet County commissioner, Precinct 2; Clayton Potter, VFD administrator; Caroline Porter, PEC community relations coordinator; Carla Potter, firefighter; Christina Roehrig, VFD secretary; Nancy Eckert Yeary, LCRA Board member; Ned Roehrig, assistant fire chief; Roberta Elmore, Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 8 president; Steve Dyer, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Rebekah Moore, firefighter; Mary Baldree, VFD vice president; and State Rep. Terry Wilson of Marble Falls.











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A $19,882 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative will help the Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department construct a new substation in Watson, boosting emergency services in northeast Burnet County and significantly cutting response times to the area.

The grant, along with matching funds of $5,000 from the Oakalla VFD, will enable the department to build a substation near the intersection of US 183 and FM 963. The department estimates housing a fire truck in the new station will reduce response times in the Watson area by at least 10 minutes.

Founded in 1984, Oakalla VFD has seen its service area nearly double to 198 square miles in a matter of months. As residential and commercial development continues to expand north of Austin into Burnet County, the department is responding to increasing numbers of vehicle crashes, fires and medical emergencies. . . .

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