Vale, SD, Aug 15, 2012 -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development presented a Community Facility loan of $150,000 and a grant of $20,000 to the Vale Fire Department. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck.
“The upgraded fire truck will assist with making the Fire Department staff’s jobs safer and the citizens of Vale and the surrounding areas can feel more secure knowing the department has access to a new tanker/pumper fire truck,” 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.”
Rural Development Funds along with the applicant contribution of $40,000 will purchase a new 2012 Freightliner 3,000 gallon style tanker-pumper. The Fire Department has been utilizing 40-year old equipment that is in need of constant repair. The new fire truck will allow the volunteer fire department to provide a much needed service to people living within Vale’s area of responsibility in Butte and Meade Counties, approximately 119 square miles, and improve mutual aid assistance to communities in the region.
“This new engine is a tremendous asset not only to the Vale Community, but to all our neighbors and fire departments in the surrounding area. Their contributions to us and the support of USDA made this critical addition to our department possible.” said Mike Grubl, Vale Fire Chief.
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.