CHS makes generous donation to the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Outlook photo by Chris McConnell                        CHS fire and safety personnel met with members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department last week to present a $50,000 donation check for the purchase of electric extrication tools for the LVFD. Shaking hands in the center are Jake Haan, CHS Fire Chief and Brent Peters, LVFD Fire Chief. In the back row from the left are Shane LaCasse CHS Environmental  Health and Safety (HIS) Manager,  Jamie Swecker LVFD Fire Marshal and CHS Operator and Firefighter, Ke

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell
          
            CHS fire and safety personnel met with members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department last week to present a $50,000 donation check for the purchase of electric extrication tools for the LVFD. Shaking hands in the center are Jake Haan, CHS Fire Chief and Brent Peters, LVFD Fire Chief. In the back row from the left are Shane LaCasse CHS Environmental  Health and Safety (HIS) Manager,  Jamie Swecker LVFD Fire Marshal and CHS Operator and Firefighter, Keith Metzger CHS Emergency Response Coordinator, John Beck LVFD Firefighter and CHS Operator and Firefighter, Sean McCleary LVFD Captain, Travis Nagel LVFD Deputy Chief and CHS Operator and Firefighter, Steven Hiller LVFD Firefighter, JW Hopper LVFD Deputy Chief, Jasen Molm LVFD Firefighter.

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CHS Refinery has donated $50,000 to the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new electric extrication tools, commonly known as the “jaws of life.” The donation will be spread out over the next five years at $10,000 per year.

Using Capital Improvement Funds, the LVFD was able to obtain the tools, and the donation over the next five years will be put back into the CIP fund.

LVFD Chief Brent Peters said having the tools is a great relief for the department which response to several accidents per year on I-90, Highway 212 South and the various city and county roads. Currently the LVFD uses hydraulic tools that require continuous maintenance and the use of hoses that can be cut or tripped over. The new tools offer more spreading and cutting power and are more mobile than the hydraulic tool. The hydraulic tool set will remain as a backup for tools out of service and/or multiple rescues.

“We can’t thank CHS enough for the generous donation that will help the community of Laurel for years to come,” Peters said.

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