GREENFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES DONATION
(Greenfield) The Greenfield Fire Department recently upgraded their communication equipment thanks in part to a donation made by the Grow Communities program.
The department received a $2,500 donation on behalf of local farmer Betty Lents who was a winner of America’s Farmers Grow Communities program which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation defrayed the cost of purchasing 13 new narrowband radios and two narrowband pagers. Greenfield Fire Chief Mike Ladd says the change was necessary before 2013.
"We have been mandated through the state, they are narrowing the banding on the radios so some of our radios weren't going to be compliant. We had to upgrade our radios in our trucks along with our handhelds and we used that money towards it. It was about a $10,000 project and we used the $2,500 to go towards this.”
The fire department also holds a fundraising dance each year that helped pay for the project, but Chief Ladd says they were fortunate to have received the donation.
"We were just lucky to have a local farmer that put our name in the hat and they picked us for Adair County to receive the $2,500."
The Monsanto Fund launched the 2nd annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities on August 1st and the fund allows local farmers give $2,500 to ag youth organizations or nonprofit civic organization in their communities.