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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Minot FD welcomes $20,000 grant from Farm Credit Services

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Farm Credit Services CEO Claude Sem, Minot Fire Department Chief Kelli Flermoen, Farm Credit Services Minot branch manager Dean Ziegler, Farm Credit Services board member Clara Sue Price, and Minot Fire Department Capt. Glen Hardy.

The Minot Fire Department accepted a $20,000 grant from Farm Credit Services of North Dakota on Tuesday, with the funds used to purchase a new air compressor.

Minot Fire Chief Kelli Flermoen said the new compressor will allow the department to utilize its self-contained breathing apparatus cylinders to their full capability.

“Currently we’re unable to fill our 45-minute tanks to capacity because we can’t get enough pressure from the compressor,” Flermoen said. “With the new compressor, we’ll be able to put more air into those cylinders, which means our crews can safely get a longer working time when they’re inside a burning building or in other hazardous environments.”

Flermoen said firefighters use SCBAs for clean breathing air when working in fires and other hazardous atmospheres.

“Farm Credit is pleased to provide grant funds for the purchase of a compressor to fill bottles for the self-contained breathing apparatus used by the first responders,” said Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. “The Minot Fire Department is also the technical regional response team for northwest North Dakota, providing hazardous materials and technical rescue response at the highest level. Now they are even more prepared to serve in that role for Minot and surrounding communities.”

The funds were provided through the Rural Community Grant Fund, which was established to assist in the implementation and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota that have been impacted by mineral exploration.

“We’re fortunate to have a great relationship with the community we serve, and we thank Farm Credit Services for their generosity,” Flermoen said.

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