Arrow Rock Community Fire Department accepts grant from Monsanto

Thursday, July 23, 2015
contributed photo Receiving a donation are (from left): Arrow Rock Fire Chief Steve Bertani, Firefighter Derek Arms, Firefighter/EMT Kaitlynn Bulen, Monsanto Site Manager John Forsythe, Driver/Operator Bruce Satterlee, Firefighter/EMT Patrick Baker, Firefighter Darren Breshears and Assistant Chief Michael Dickey.

Arrow Rock Community Fire Department, Saline MRC and Community Food Pantry volunteers and Monsanto Marshall site employees often work together to serve the community. Monsanto employees also volunteer with these organizations to provide disaster and food relief for the residents of Saline County. In the past three years, Saline MRC and the Community Food Pantry have received a total of $19,636 in grants through the site grant initiative. This is the first year Arrow Rock Community Fire Department has been eligible to apply for the grant.

Funds from the grants will be used to purchase a new headset communication system for the fire department, food essentials for those in need in Saline County and a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for volunteers of Saline MRC responding to callers lacking a safe environment to breathe.

"I'm excited that we were awarded the grant," stated Steve Bertani, Arrow Rock Community Fire Department fire chief. "This is the first large grant request that we have received, and the first grant from the Monsanto Fund. Just the fact that we are getting these headsets is a pretty big deal. It is going to make a world of difference in how we operate and respond to calls."

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded $1.2 million to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address critical needs in rural communities.