Stewartville, MN Fire Department Receives $55,000 Otto Bremer Trust Grant for Stand-By Generator

CEDA team member Joya Stetson, who serves the City of Stewartville, MN, worked closely with City Finance Director Barb Neubauer and Fire Chief Vance Swisher in successfully authoring a $55,000 Otto Bremer Trust grant for the purchase a new 100kW 120/208V, 3 phase 600 amp service stand-by generator.

This generator will have the capacity to power the entire fire station in addition to the response services that are especially necessary during inclement weather and power outages. Because of the new generator, the City’s fire station will be able to effectively operate as an emergency center for the entire area served by the Department.  This service area consists of the City of Stewartville, the City of Racine and the townships of High Forest, Racine, Sumner, Rock Dell and Pleasant Grove.  In total, the Department serves nearly 10,000 residents.

“We are so grateful for the grant from the Otto Bremer Trust!” Swisher said, “Without the funding, this important project would not have been able to go forward in 2017.” The project, which is estimated to cost over $60,000, will provide a growing number of residents and businesses reassurance during power outages and crises.

The City’s Fire Department anticipates that the generator will be installed and operational in spring of 2017.