The efforts of the Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department to replace its 70-year old fire station received a significant boost in the form of a $75,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
The current structure houses three trucks. However the space is so tight that it is difficult for the firefighters to get in and out of the vehicles and newer trucks are too large for the structure. Three other trucks are kept outside because of a lack of space, making them unserviceable in the winter when the temperature drops below freezing. The new firehouse will house all six trucks and allow adequate room for equipment storage and firefighters to access the vehicles.
Public safety is a quality of life issue, and the Hansen Foundation strives to make grants that improve the quality of life for residents in Northwest Kansas.
The Foundation recognizes the importance of the rural volunteer firefighters and the tremendous service they provide. The Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department covers approximately 81,000 acres and 600 families/land owners.
The Foundation also appreciated that the project included some volunteer labor and that the property was donated.
For more information on the project or the Gaylord Volunteer Fire Department, please contact the department through the City of Gaylord, at 785-697-2697.