Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department




LCRA grant to replace BVFD air compressors

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Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) representatives present a $24,000 Community Development Partnership grant to purchase a system to refill air tanks at the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department. Pictured on Monday, May 22, from left, are: Wade Williamson, Buchanan Fire Department lieutenant; Amanda Lehmann, department secretary; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Tim Gardner, firefighter; Mike Butler, Fire Department captain; Fire Chief Mark Hutson; Assistant Chief Chad Mitchell; Raymond A. “Ray” Gill Jr., LCRA Board member; and Steve Dyer, LCRA governmental and regional affairs representative.


The Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will purchase equipment to safely and quickly refill firefighter air tanks with the help of a $24,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

Thieves broke into the fire station off Texas 29 in Llano County in January and damaged or destroyed a large amount of equipment, including the air compressor used to refill the air tanks firefighters use when responding to hazards.

The fire department will use the grant to buy a new compressor, a station that can fill two air cylinders at a time, and a system of six high-pressure cylinders that firefighters can take with them on calls to refill individual air tanks.

An additional $6,000 in local matching funds will help pay for the equipment.


Burglars break into Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department

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Buchanan VFD firefighters practice putting out a fire. The department was broken into early Friday, Jan. 13, and equipment was stolen and damaged.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Unknown persons broke into the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department station early Friday, Jan. 13, causing thousands of dollars in damage and stealing property as well.

The Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers is now looking for the suspects who were responsible and are asking for assistance from the public in locating the perpetrators.

“It doesn't make any sense to me,” said Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Hutson. “I have been going over it in my head a hundred thousand times. I have no clue why anyone would do this.”

Hutson said he received several calls early Friday monring, telling him a bay door at the fire department was open.

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