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PEC grant writers find cash for Spicewood volunteer firefighters

JOHNSON CITY – Five nonprofits including Spicewood’s volunteer fire agency — which is still recovering from a Labor Day wildfire — have received $90,000 in grant funding from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

The announcement came Dec. 19 during a board meeting at the utility’s headquarters.

The Spicewood Area Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $9,444 for new bunker gear to outfit additional volunteers, and the Lake Buchanan Chamber of Commerce will receive $20,843 for visitor center renovations and a public rest area.

The rest of the funding was divided among the Buda Fire Department ($25,000); Dripping Springs Youth Sports Association ($10,595); and the Post Oak Community Association ($25,000).

“We’re going to use these resources to purchase new bunker gear and also to refurbish some of the equipment that was damaged in the disastrous Spicewood wildfires Labor Day (weekend),” said Michael Bay-Borelli of the Spicewood department.  “We’ve gotten additional volunteers in the last six months because of awareness the community has about the role a volunteer department plays.”