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Unison Bank donates $10,000 for Jamestown Rural Fire Department truck

JRFD is purchasing a new truck to replace an outdated one.

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Kelly Rachel, left, president and CEO of Unison Bank, presents a $10,000 donation to Brian Paulson, fire chief of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department. The funds are for the department's new truck.
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Unison Bank recently donated $10,000 to the Jamestown Rural Fire Department to help fund the purchase of a new $700,000 pumper truck to replace its current 1986 pumper truck.

“As a business member and community member of the Jamestown area, we appreciate the hard work and dedication that the JRFD, and its team of volunteers, invests in the 22 townships they serve,” said Kelly Rachel, Unison Bank president and CEO.

The donation to JRFD helps bring the Fire Department one step closer to making the $140,000 down payment for the truck. As of Dec. 30, JRFD had raised $103,284 toward this goal.

“We are extremely grateful for this donation towards our new fire apparatus," said Brian Paulson, JRFD fire chief. "We do a significant amount of fundraising annually to help support the fire district to keep all our firefighting equipment up to date. To have a community-minded business such as Unison Bank to step up and help us with this is awesome!”

JRFD secured a zero percent interest loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan Program which will fund 80 percent of the new pumper truck. JRFD is responsible for paying the other 20 percent down.

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Paulson said the new customized pumper truck is expected to be delivered from Custom Fire Apparatus in Osceola, Wisconsin, within the third quarter of 2023.
The new truck will provide 1,500-gallon-per-minute power take-off, 30-gallon firefighting foam capabilities, carry 2,300 gallons of water and seat six firefighters. The automatic-transmission truck will allow JRFD to sell a dated truck and potentially help upgrade a surrounding fire district.

“Our fire district has seen a lot of growth in recent years," Paulson said. "With the industrial development at the Spiritwood Energy Park and other expansions at existing commercial facilities we really needed to upgrade our firefighting capabilities, this new truck will help with that.”

Learn more about the JRFD at www.jrfd.org .

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