MAY — The May Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $14,456 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority for the acquisition of an enclosed cargo trailer to be used as a command post.

Total cost of the trailer is approximately $19,000, and it is expected to be available for use this month.

To help celebrate, the department will host a community appreciation barbecue at noon Saturday, Sept. 1.

“During emergencies and wildland fires, the cargo trailer will be used to house and transport personal protective equipment, first aid supplies, drinking water and food,” Valerie Kelton, May VFD secretary-treasurer, said.

Kelton said the trailer is having lettering placed on it now, and that signage is expected to be completed by next week.

The grant application was sent with letters of support from U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, state Rep. Jim Keffer, Precinct 2 Commissioner Joel Kelton; May Postmaster and Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Barr and May school superintendent Don Rhodes.

The May VFD has raised almost $15,000 in funds from local citizens and property owners for 2007 operating expenses and to purchase additional equipment as needed.

In addition to those donations, the department has received grants of $3,500 from the Beadel Foundation, $750 from Enbridge Operating, $250 from Comanche Electric Co-Op and $250 from Southwest Operating of Houston.

“The May Volunteer Fire Department was also given an overwhelming donation of good, used personal protective equipment and rescue equipment from the Millsap Volunteer Fire Department of Parker County, a total value of almost $30,000,” Kelton added.