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Rapid City fire department to get $50K from pipeline company

Just a couple of days after losing their fire hall in a devastating blaze, the Rapid City Fire Department is well on their way to being back on their feet.

Tonight, officials from TransCanada will present a $50,000 donation to the department, which will help provide for short-term equipment needs and emergency response capability in and around Rapid City.

Rapid City mayor Orest Woloski, members of town council, and fire chief Morley Cornish will be accepting the donation on behalf of the town and local fire department.

"The fire service is currently not in operation; however this support from TransCanada will provide short-term equipment needs to our first responders, a first step in restoring a critical service to our town," Woloski said.

TransCanada has a long-standing relationship with the town of Rapid City. The Canadian mainline, the Keystone pipeline and the proposed Energy East pipeline project are all adjacent to the town.

Yesterday, other area firefighers stepped up to help the Rapid City department by donating or loaning them some replacement equipment, including a pumper truck, turnout gear, fire hoses, nozzles, ladders and other much-needed equipment.

The Rapid City department burned early Monday morning, in a fire that also destroyed the town office. Investigators say that the cause of the fire was electrical.

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