Owatonna Fire Department Adds Life-Saving Equipment thru Grant
The Owatonna Fire Department has added life-saving safety equipment, thanks in part, to a grant from the Owatonna Foundation. Representatives of the foundation visited the fire station to get an up-close look at the new gear. The $10,000 matching grant from the foundation falls under their community grant category.
"We are just so thankful to the Owatonna Foundation for their continued support," Ryan Seykora of the fire department states in a news release from the foundation. "With a grant in 2020, we were able to purchase lockers for our gear and equipment and the grant this year helped us purchase life saving equipment for our fire trucks that we just trained on this week."
He added, "We both have a mission of helping the Owatonna community and we aree happy to have such a great organization like the Owatonna Foundation as one of our supporters."
This submitted photo includes Owatonna Foundation Trustee Bill Beers, president Tom Defresne, Arik Brase (firefighter), vice president Dave Ramsey, and Trustee Brandon Wayne (across the back row). Those kneeling in front include Trustee Chad Lange and firefighters Bob Hager and Ryan Seykora.
Seykora shows off a storage unit designed by FoamCraft of Owatonna (photo above).
Angela Gonzales with the Owatonna Foundation says, "We appreciate all of our donors so much and we are so proud of the philanthropic nature of our community of Owatonna. Without our amazing donors, grants like these for the Owatonna Fire Department would not be possible."
Since 1957 Owatonna Foundation has donated close to $13 million toward projects that fit into the area of recreation, arts, education and community.