SEFD recently took delivery of the Rural Fire Association’s new tanker truck and Clements FD picked up the truck that was being replaced to add to their fleet.

The Sleepy Eye Fire Department recently took delivery of the Rural Fire Association’s new tanker truck. In turn, the Clements Fire Department picked up the truck that was being replaced to add to their fire fighting arsenal.

The Sleepy Eye Fire Department serves a large rural district, in addition to the city. In 1948 the Sleepy Eye Rural Fire Association was organized and ever since has contracted with the City of Sleepy Eye for fire protection service in the rural area.

The Rural Fire Association is managed by a board of directors, elected through the various township and town boards that are the members. The rural fire district includes two towns—Evan and Cobden; and nine townships—Home, Milford, Prairieville, Eden, Leavenworth, Stark, Mulligan, Albin and Brookville.

Rob Goblirsch, Vice Chairman of the Rural Fire Association, explained the association pays nearly half of the operating budget for the fire department and also provides the tanker truck that carries needed water to fight rural fires.

The Clements Fire Department also serves a mostly rural area and keeps two tanker trucks in their fleet. They purchased the truck that Sleepy Eye was replacing and were glad to receive it two weeks ago as their oldest truck was recently taken out of service.

Sleepy Eye’s shiny new truck arrived in time to lead the fire department’s unit in the Corn Day Parade.

Both the Clements Fire Department and the Sleepy Eye Rural Fire Association benefitted from matching donations from Harvest Land Cooperative when purchasing their trucks. Sleepy Eye Rural Fire Association also received donations from the Lloyd and Barbara Amundson Charity Foundation, the Land O’Lakes Inc. Foundations in St. Paul and Sioux Falls, River Region Cooperative, Land O’Lakes Inc., Crystal Valley Cooperative and Schwartz Farms.