HERMAN, MINNESOTA. (AUGUST 3, 2020) – Every second counts when detecting and fighting fires, and through a donation from CHS, the Battle Lake Fire Department has purchased a newer grass fire truck to fight fires quicker and keep their volunteer firefighters safer.
The fire department received a $5,000 grant through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant program to purchase the new grass truck and firefighting equipment.
“The Battle Lake Fire Department is made up of 20 volunteer firefighters and provides service to citizens of the Battle Lake area and four area townships,” says Brock Bleichner, Battle Lake Fire Dept. volunteer and CHS employee. “Their mission is to prevent fires through education, to fight fires and to preserve and protect life and property against injury and damage from fires in their coverage area. Having a new grass fire truck will make fighting grass fires quicker to protect farmland and homes. Replacing SCBA tanks and masks and having new turn out gear will keep these volunteer firefighters safer to ensure they can return home to their families.”
CHS is committed to putting the safety of its employees, owners, customers and communities first every day and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership development through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.
For CHS in Herman, this grant decision was an easy one to make: “Battle Lake MN is only 19 miles from our Fergus Falls location. Not only do we have an active full-time employee that serves as a volunteer firefighter with this fire department, we have many patrons and employees living in this area,” says Jerry Kramer, CHS General Manager.
Locally, CHS provides funding to area FFA programs, offers scholarships for first year college students, and promotes various community events such as farm, agriculture and safety-related events.
Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program.
The CHS ag retail business based out of Herman, Minnesota delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from 11 locations. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.