Peterson announces USDA award for City of Hector

Aug 1, 2011

(WASHINGTON, DC)—Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that the City of Hector has been selected to receive a $75,000 loan and a $34,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to purchase grass fire-fighting and jaws of life extraction equipment.

“These awards are crucial to our smaller communities that provide emergency services,” Peterson said. “The fire department and their dedicated volunteers who cover the Hector area are a vital part of public safety.”

The new equipment gives local emergency responders another tool as they work to protect area residents and property.

“Rural firefighters face many unique challenges and we need to make sure they are equipped to face those challenges,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. “Emergency responders in Hector provide a valuable service and this new equipment will help them perform their duties at an even higher level.”

Rural Development also finances infrastructure, housing, community facilities, business development and renewable energy projects in rural areas. Since 2009, Rural Development has invested about $3 billion throughout Minnesota.

To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call the local office in Willmar at (320) 235-3540, ext. 4.