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CHS improves ag safety in hometown communities

CHS Larsen Cooperative employees present CHS local ag safety grant to Matt Harrison, Town of Center Fire Department, and Joe Hofacker, fire chief. Left to Right: Jeremy Hunt, Matt Harrison, Joe Hofacker, Andy VanDyck and Mary Kay Cleven.
In rural America, cooperatives partner to make a difference in their hometown communities. The Town of Center Fire Department near Appleton, Wis., recently partnered with CHS to boost its commitment to respond to emergencies with a $1,825 CHS local ag safety grant.

The grant will fund a multi-gas monitor used for gas leak surveys, gas pipeline purging and confined space applications. The monitor will determine if a home, business or cooperative location is safe for firefighters to enter.
 
“Having a multi-gas monitor will help us prevent further illness to occupants after a problem is suspected,” says Joe Hofacker, fire chief, Town of Center. “This will help firefighters handle those emergencies in the safest way possible by being able to detect and monitor dangerous gases.”

For local CHS Larsen Cooperative, the relationship with the fire department is an important one. The cooperative hosts an annual training for local area firefighters to continue improving training capabilities, understand the cooperative’s facilities and develop community relationships.
 
“Rural fire departments train at the cooperative and local area farms,” says Andy Van Dyck, operations manager, CHS Larsen at Center Valley. “With the updated gas meter, we can continue working together with the firefighters as a resource for training and safety equipment funding.”

CHS is shaping the future of agriculture by supporting organizations that make a difference in their community. Visit chsinc.com/stewardship to learn more about the new Seeds for Stewardship program that matches funds for projects like this one in cooperative communities.