Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Grant helps HFD get new gear

5 bunker gear sets replaced this year

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 pants a...

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