By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Grant helps HFD get new gear

5 bunker gear sets replaced this year


December 8, 2022


Hartley firefighters show off the department's new bunker gear that was purchased thanks to local donations and a grant from the O'Brien County Community Foundation. Pictured from left to right: Fauneil Olander, Elly Klein, Anton Klein, Stephen Embrey and James Reisdorfer.

Five Hartley firefighters are looking fresh thanks to a grant from the O'Brien County Community Foundation (OCCF).

The local department was able to purchase new bunker gear for a portion of the squad at a cost of $12,000. The OCCF grant covered $7,500 of the total, while the rest was paid for with funds from the annual pancake feed and other contributions.

"We're very appreciative to the community foundation and everyone who supports our pancake fundraiser every year," said Fire Chief Brad Meendering. "Without their generosity, we wouldn't be able to keep our gear up to date. Coats and pant...

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