According to a report from Minot Daily News, the Glenburn (ND) Fire Department (GFD) is recovering nicely after a fire on March 6 severely damaged its fire hall and contents, and the main reason for the recovery is an unexpected outpouring of help.
Thanks to donations from other area fire departments, the GFD was able to respond (with the Maxbass, Mohall, and Lansford departments) to a grass fire that saved a structure and farm equipment on March 20.
Fire departments that donated gear and other equipment to the GFD include Burlington, Kenmare, Wing, Ray, Tioga, and Maxbass. The Columbus Fire Department donated a 200,000-gallon tanker truck. Wildrose donated a grass firefighting truck and Velva a combination pumper/tanker. Williston Rural donated a fire engine, complete with equipment and gear.
Additional aid also arrived from fire departments as far away as Brainard, Nebraska, which provided air packs and bottles. Departments in South Dakota and Minnesota have also contacted the GFD to provide any help.
And it hasn’t just been the generosity of other fire departments: the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office has sent the GFD an offer of communication radios, and the Minot Air Force Base Fire Department agreed to wash and test hoses that came through the initial station fire to determine whether they remain viable.
Fire departments that are loaning equipment are Antler, a grass-fire unit; Newburg, a combination pumper/tanker; Tolley, a combination tanker/grass-fire unit and extrication gear; Upham, a four-wheel drive grass-fire truck; and Tioga, extrication gear.
Overton said the Glenburn board has yet to act on more equipment that has been offered.
The GFD has received more than $60,000 in direct personal and corporate financial donations, which doesn’t include online donations or by outside individuals and entities for the department.
Minot’s Minotauros is donating $1 per ticket sold for its April 22 hockey game, providing the GFD with some of its own tickets to sell for which it can keep all the proceeds. Also, the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club, consisting mostly of firefighters and which has a Minot chapter, is planning a benefit ride this summer.