The Oto, Iowa Volunteer Fire Department is in need of help from the community after arctic weather impacted all of its fire equipment, reports CBS 14 Fox.
The fire department posted to Facebook, “As many have heard, our department had a transformer blow which caused loss of heat and power to our building for an extended time. Our fire trucks were damaged by the water freezing and all must be repaired or replaced. We are grateful to the neighboring departments for helping with coverage and especially thankful for Battle Creek Fire Department for loaning us a pumper so we can be in service during this time. We are asking for your help with donations to help cover the unforeseen expenses. Oto Fire has set up a Venmo account @ Otofire or checks can be sent to PO Box 94 Oto, IA 51044.”
The fire department is getting a truck, on loan from neighboring Battle Creek, until its own trucks can be repaired.
Members of the department still don’t know how much damage there will be. In the worst-case scenario, $1 million worth of new equipment may be need.