TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
Firefighters with the Rivers/Daly Fire Department pour water on hot spots on Monday morning after an overnight fire destroyed the fire hall and the adjoining town office in Rapid City. On Wednesday evening, TransCanada representatives planned to donate $50,000 to the Rapid City Fire Department to help provide for short-term equipment needs and emergency response capability in and around the community.
Just a couple of days after losing their fire hall in a devastating blaze, the Rapid City Fire Department is well on the way to being back on its feet.
Yesterday evening, officials from TransCanada Corp. were to 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 were to accept 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.
On Tuesday, other area firefighters 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 fire hall burned early Monday morning in a blaze that also destroyed the town office. Investigators say that the cause of the fire was electrical.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2013