The Grandin Gardner Rural Fire District (GGRFD) is better equipped to provide fire control and emergency services thanks to a $5,000 CHS grant that helped purchase a modern pump truck.
Each year, CHS and the CHS Foundation help fund dozens of ag safety projects like this to improve the overall safety of rural communities in America.
“The support of the GGRFD has minimized property damage due to fires and emergency situations, so safety equipment is important to our community,” says Robert Deraas, president and general manager CHS Sunflower. “The grant will help support the GGRFD’s continued protection of Cass and Traill counties.”
The CHS Sunflower facility is the major employer in Grandin, N.D., population 173. After responding to a December, 2015 fire at the facility, GGRFD determined it needed additional safety equipment to provide adequate service. The CHS Ag Safety Grant helped replace the 1981 model pump truck with a 2016 model Freightliner. The pump truck has already been use to control a recent grass fire and fight a car fire. The department plans to continue improving firefighting capabilities essential to meet the demand of the growing rural population and businesses.
“A more modern, large pump truck gives us far more access to rural communities with the increased water capacity from 2,400 to 3,000 gallons,” says Jamie Winterquist, GGRFD assistant fire chief. “We hope to continue our community service with updated air packs and personal equipment next.”