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The Farmers Bank Foundation presented the Magnolia Fire Department with $5,000 in grant money to purchase vital rescue equipment, including a truck.

“As of January 1, 2021, the Magnolia Fire Department assumed the duties of Rescue/Extraction for all of Columbia County,” Assistant Fire Chief Randal Stevens said. “The local ambulance service discontinued its operations of these services.”

Stevens said the Magnolia Fire Department and Columbia County entered into a partnership, and this money will allow them to purchase a rescue truck, extrication tools, along other necessary rescue equipment.

“Firefighters choose daily to support and save the citizens they serve, and we are honored to support them in return,” Elizabeth Anderson, Executive Director of the Farmers Bank Foundation, said. “The Farmers Bank Foundation plans to make first responders a priority in grantmaking.”

The Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the Bank’s communities.

“The services that are being provided to the citizens of Magnolia and Columbia County, and anyone passing through our community, will be a tremendous asset and possibly a life-saving contribution,” Stevens said.

For more information about the Farmers Bank Foundation, click HERE.

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