Donations boost volunteer fire departments

Electric cooperatives are guided by seven cooperative principles, among them is a vow to support the overall sustainability of the communities they serve – and that extends beyond providing electricity.

An essential part of a thriving community is the local fire department. Great River Energy’s employee-led contributions teams wanted to show their support for fire departments by providing them with a funding boost at the end of 2015.

Employees in Minnesota made donations of $1,500 to six volunteer fire departments in communities that host Great River Energy peaking station power plants. A donation of $1,500 was also awarded to the Newport Fire Department, which serves the community where the newly formed GRE Newport Service is now operating a resource processing plant.

Not to be outdone, employees in North Dakota team donated $5,000 to the Underwood Fire and Rescue Department , $4,000 to the Washburn Fire and Rescue Department  and $1,500 to the Stanton Rural Fire Department. Those fire departments serve communities where Great River Energy owns and operates facilities that generate electricity.