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Federated Rural Electric awards grants to assist area fire departments

Jackson, Heron Lake departments among those to receive $7,500 donations.

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The Heron Lake Fire Department received $7,500 that will buy four sets of bunker gear.
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JACKSON — Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, recently presented a donation totaling $7,500 to fire departments in Heron Lake, Jackson, Welcome and Granada.

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Federated took advantage of matching funds from two organizations to triple the impact. “Federated donated $2,500, then secured matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success Program and Basin Electric Cooperative,” stated Federated’s General Manager Scott Reimer. “Cooperatives are concerned about their local communities; we saw this as a way to help each fire department with costly equipment needs. We started with two towns where we have buildings and will rotate this donation the following years until we’ve helped each fire department in our service area.”

CoBank is one entity that provides Federated long-term financing for line construction projects, while Basin Electric is one of Federated’s wholesale power providers.

The Jackson Fire Department ordered a 100-foot aerial ladder fire truck this year for $1.3 million. “With larger grain elevators, grain bins and metal machine sheds we need to reach those fires,” stated Kirk Dunlavey, fire department training officer. “This will be our first ladder truck and it can be shared through mutual aid with neighboring departments. Due to supply chain issues, we probably won’t have it until 2023. However, we are doing major fundraising so this donation is greatly appreciated.”

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The Jackson Fire Department will use its $7,500 toward the purchase of its first aerial ladder fire truck. Department Training Officer Kirk Dunlavey (left) and Fire Chief Dave Bond (right) accept the donation from Federated Board President David Hansen.
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Meanwhile, the Heron Lake Fire Department will buy four sets of bunker gear.


“We will order four sets of turnout gear, which includes pants/bibs, coats and suspenders,” said Chad Diemer, Heron Lake’s fire chief. “This donation will cover two of these sets. This equipment needs to be replaced every 10 years so we really appreciate this donation.”

Two other departments in Federated’s service territory received grants, including Welcome and Granada.

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