Prairie Meadows recently awarded the Colfax Fire Fighters a Severe Weather and Personal Safety Upgrade totaling $50,000. The grant will help fund two storm sirens for new locations in Colfax and fire department personal protective equipment. Prairie Meadows is a nonprofit organization dedicated to lessening the burden of government by promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in Iowa.
On Sept. 1, EMS volunteer JD Smith, city clerk Nancy Earles and EMS captain Dustin Gean attended the Prairie Meadows Award Luncheon to receive the grant funds. “The fire department and the city appreciate Prairie Meadows for awarding this grant for our project. The storm sirens will be a wonderful addition to our community to help warn our citizens of emergency situations and the equipment for the Fire Department is always welcome to help ensure the safety of our volunteers,” Gean said.
The Community Betterment Grant will improve the lives of people in central Iowa by enabling the Colfax Fire Department to complete the purchase of two severe weather outdoor sirens, replacing fire helms, ventilation fans and thermal imaging camera and self-contained breathing apparatus. The $50,000 grant will allow the department to help improve safety conditions for our volunteers and community. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.