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Area fire departments benefit from Federated gifts

Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, recently presented a donation totaling $7,500 to four local fire departments — Heron Lake, Jackson, Welcome and Granada.

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. 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 dollars, and the Welcome Fire Department Relief Association will purchase an extrication tool. Meanwhile, the Heron Lake Fire Department will buy four sets of bunker gear, and the Granada Fire Department will buy four two-way radios.

The Jackson Fire Department will use their $7,500 toward the purchase of their first aerial ladder fire truck. Department Training Officer Kirk Dunlavey and Fire Chief Dave Bond accept the donation from Federated Board President David A. Hansen (center).

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