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CHS Ag Safety Grant aids emergency personnel in need of new communications tools

New communications equipment will better connect rural community emergency responders in Sheridan County, Kan. Two new radios were purchased with a $2,000 Ag Safety Grant from CHS Stewardship and an additional $2,000 matching contribution from CHS United Plains Ag/CHS Quinter. 

“CHS recognizes the importance of giving back and supporting safety initiatives in our local community,” says Jeff Kahle, managing director, CHS United Plains Ag/CHS Quinter. “Equipping first responders with up-to-date communications is vital to protect everyone that lives in the rural area.” 

The new radios will be 800MHz, which will allow for better communication among Sheridan County EMS professionals, the county fire department and law enforcement. The radios also will allow for more seamless communication with emergency personnel in other counties.

“This project would not be possible without the support of local businesses like CHS,” says Deb Kaufman, Sheridan County EMS Director. “Sheridan County EMS is a volunteer organization and exists to protect and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through preventing or minimizing the loss of life. Communication interoperability with our other county partners and neighboring emergency services is critical to our goal.”

The new CHS Seeds for Stewardship program allows cooperatives to apply for up to $5,000 for projects like this one that improve ag safety, develop the next generation of ag leaders and enhance rural vitality.  For more information, visit chsinc.com/stewardship.