Co-op donates $250,000 for ladder truck

Great River Energy recently contributed $250,000 toward the purchase of a new ladder truck for the Jamestown, North Dakota, Fire Department.

Attending the check presentation were, from left: Sen. Cole Conley; Sarah Hellekson, Jamestown city administrator; Rep. Bernie Satrom; Jamestown Councilman Brian Kamlitz; Al Christianson, Great River Energy; Jim Reuther, Jamestown fire chief; Rep. Chet Pollert; Sen. Terry Wanzek; David Steele, Jamestown city councilman; and Dwaine Heinrich, Jamestown mayor.

The department previously utilized a ladder truck owned by the state of North Dakota that failed last summer. The new ladder truck will be a valuable addition to fight larger fires, especially in taller buildings.

It will be particularly important for Great River Energy to help ensure employee safety and conserve property in the event of an emergency or fire at the Spiritwood Station power plant, located just east of Jamestown. The plant is a multi-floor boiler building that may require rescue through external egress.

The new truck costs an estimated $1 million and is being funded equally by the city, community donations and an anticipated contribution from the state of North Dakota. ​​​​​​​

“As a community member and a partner with the city of Jamestown, Great River Energy is pleased to contribute funds for this ladder truck which will provide vital fire protection and safety services for our facilities and area residents,” said John Bauer, director of North Dakota generation at Great River Energy.