Tabor, SD, Jul 11, 2012 -- The United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Rural Development has presented a $141,750 Community Facility Direct loan to Tabor Rural Fire Protection District. The loan was used for the purchase of a used fire truck.
Rural Development Funds were used to purchase a 2000 IH 2 ½ ton fire truck complete with chassis and all apparatus. The Fire Protection District was formed in 1986. They are in need of upgrading their fire truck that will provide at least 1,000 gallons per minute pumping capacity to meet the minimum state standards. Two different vehicles will be replaced with the purchase of this truck.
“The upgraded fire truck will assist with making the Fire Protection District staff’s jobs safer and the citizens of Tabor and surrounding areas can feel more secure knowing they have access to a vehicle that meets state standards,” said Elsie M. Meeks, USDA Rural Development South Dakota State Director. “USDA Rural Development is committed to improving the quality of life in rural South Dakota. When one rural community in South Dakota makes progress, the whole state benefits.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.