United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
REED CITY RECEIVES $260,000 FOR NEW FIRE TRUCK
LANSING, March 22, 2007 – USDA Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett today presented a ceremonial check for $260,000 at the Reed City Fire Station to purchase a fire engine.
“Reed City is a great example of how USDA Rural Development can work with a community to improve the safety and quality of life for area residents,” DeRossett said. “It is particularly inspiring that some of the components on this truck were made locally.”
The money consists of a $30,000 grant and a $230,000 loan. The vehicle is a Pierce Triple Combination Pumper Tanker fire truck and the building it is housed in was built with financial assistance provided by USDA Rural Development in 2002. In addition to the fire station, USDA Rural Development also helped with the financing of a $1.49 million expansion in 1988 to Reed City Hospital, now Spectrum Health Reed City Campus.
The truck’s generator was built in Reed City by Nartron, Inc. and donated to the fire department.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity, liquidity, and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/
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