Peterson announces USDA award for Kennedy Fire Department

Aug 1, 2011

(WASHINGTON, DC)—Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that the City of Kennedy has been selected to receive over $90,000 from USDA Rural Development to purchase a used cargo truck that will be retrofitted for used by the local fire department. The funds come in the form of a $59,000 loan and a $31,000 grant.

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

Once retrofitted, the truck will be used to store and transport firefighting equipment. The new truck 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 Kennedy provide a valuable service and this new truck 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 Detroit Lakes at (218) 674-4142, ext. 4.