The Perry Volunteer Fire Department is one of 66 fire and rescue crews around the state to receive a $750 grant from Landus Cooperative, the leader in agroindustry announced Tuesday.
Perry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Hinds said the grant money will be put toward a battery-powered extrication saw to complement the department’s other rescue tools as well as some medical equipment for the Perry First Responders vehicle.
“We greatly appreciate this support from Landus,” Hinds said. “It helps us keep our equipment up to date and adequate to the tasks.”
Landus contributes about $50,000 every January to these essential rural community services in the Landus Core Grant program. The funds are used to update and improve equipment and services, facilitating emergency response in local communities and surrounding areas.
“Fire and rescue workers are essential to the health and safety of our farmer-owners, employees and community members, and we are proud to do our part to support them,” said Matt Carstens, Landus president and chief executive officer. “Our core grant program is one tool that we use to help do just that.”
The annual fire and rescue core grant budget of $45,000 was increased by 10% this year to meet the increase in received applications, Carstens said.