Galmey, MO, Apr 21, 2011 -- In a ceremony on April 21, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced that the Galmey Fire Department has purchased a used pumper fire truck to serve rural Hickory County. Funds to purchase the truck were obtained in the form of a Rural Development Community Facility Loan for $50,000 and a Community Facility Grant in the amount of $3,000. In addition, the Galmey Fire Department contributed the balance of the total cost.
“I’m thrilled the Galmey Fire Department will continue to best serve the citizens of rural Hickory County, thanks to the help of a low-interest loan and grant from the USDA to purchase additional equipment,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “Ensuring our communities are properly equipped in the event of an emergency is vital to the well-being of its citizens.”
“I applaud the USDA’s efforts to provide this low-interest loan and grant, which will help the Galmey Fire Department purchase the equipment it needs in order to protect the people of Hickory County and the surrounding communities,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “Funding equipment for local first responders is critical as we work to secure the safety and development of rural communities in Missouri.”
U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler said, “I welcome the use of Rural Development funds for the purchase of a pumper for the Galmey Fire Department. This will improve and enhance the safety of residents of rural Hickory County.”
“Pumper fire trucks are an essential part of the infrastructure in rural areas,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that the community will benefit from the services of the fire truck. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these projects.”
Anyone seeking more information about the Community Facility Program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 4.
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