When fires rage in this world, there are those who step up at a moment’s notice to put them out. These heroes are volunteer firefighters, and they keep our communities safe.
Creating a better way of life for communities is at the core of who Gate City Bank is, especially when it comes to supporting emergency response personnel. So when local team members learned that the Wahpeton (ND) Fire Department needed 53 new protective helmets, the Bank donated $14,000 to cover the cost.
“We’re so incredibly thankful for all those who serve with the Wahpeton Fire Department,” says Mike Turchin, Gate City Bank Retail Manager. “These brave volunteers protect our community every day, and we’re proud to provide them with these state-of-the-art protective helmets, which will help keep them safe on the job.”
The Wahpeton Fire Department operates out of two stations with 40 volunteer firefighters, serving an area of 20 square miles. In addition to donating protective helmets, Gate City Bank has supported the department through multiple fundraisers throughout the years, such as sponsoring community fish fries and bull-riding events.
“We truly appreciate Gate City Bank’s support in protecting our community with the best and safest equipment,” says Brett Lambrecht, Fire Ground Officer/Secretary of the Wahpeton Fire Department. “We take pride in serving our community, and with these new helmets, we’ll remain compliant with the National Fire Protection Association, while keeping our volunteers protected during emergencies.”