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T&C Fire Department of Woonsocket Receives Loan for New Fire Truck

General Manager Ken Schlimgen presents check to President Alan Linke and Fire Chief Travis Coulthrad

General Manager Ken Schlimgen presents a check for $212,000 to T&C Fire Department President Alan Linke and Fire Chief Travis Coulthrad. They are pictured in front of the new truck, made possible by the loan.


Volunteer fire fighters visit with Central Electric General Manager Ken Schlimgen and Attorney Don Petersen. Left-right around circle: Alan Linke, Travis Coulthrad, Neil Hiemstra, Stacey Senska, Schlimgen, Kent Swanson, Petersen 
Swanson, Linke, Petersen, and Schlimgen sign official documents for the loan.
WOONSOCKET —Central Electric formally presented a check for $212,000 to the Town & Country Fire Department in Woonsocket. The fire department received a zero percent interest loan through Central Electric Cooperative and the Rural Electric Economic Development (REED) Fund. Central Electric, a local Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, used the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program to secure financing for the project through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The REED Fund works with other local lenders to assist in financing economic development projects in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.
The total cost of the fire truck was $265,000. The fire department held an open house on Saturday, May 21 for the community to check out the new truck and other equipment. The new truck updated a retired truck that was over 30 years old.
T&C Fire Department serves areas in Sanborn and Jerauld counties totaling approximately 254 square miles. The department includes 27 volunteer fire fighters. The fire department responds to an average of 30 fire calls and 15 ambulance calls per year.


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