Gildford Volunteer Fire Department receives $70,000 for new engine


Last updated 7/18/2022 at 7:27pm

Courtesy photo/Alice Miller

Jennifer Dees and Courtney Helmers of NorthWest Farm Credit Services and Jared Miller of the Gildford RuRAL Fire Department pose for a photograph with a $70,000 check the farm credit services donated to the fire department.

The Gildford Volunteer Fire Department was recently given a $70,000 grant for a new fire engine, which Department Secretary/Treasurer Shane Borlaug said will be a significant boon to the department.

Courtesy photo/Alice Miller

Representatives of Northwest Farm Credit Services present the Gildford Rural Fire Department with a $70,000 check.

The grant was presented to Borlaug and the department by the National Philanthropic Trust and Northwest Farm Credit Stewardship Fund in a ceremony with department members Thursday morning.

Borlaug thanked everyone involved in getting the department this grant which he said is a huge deal for them.

He said the old fire engine this new one would replace is almost 40 years old and is just not reliable anymore, overheating practically every time it goes out and requiring a tremendous amount of money to maintain.

"Our truck right now is a 1984, and it's turning into a money pit," he said. " ... It's time for a new one that we can trust."

Borlaug said the department is looking at a couple of options that are in their price range but the new engine will certainly be preowned.

"It will be a huge improvement," he said.


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