WAHPETON, ND – 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 recently learned that the Wahpeton Fire Department needed 53 new protective helmets, the Bank donated $14,000 to cover the cost.
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’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. The department recently used the new protective helmets when responding to a local house fire.
“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.”
About Gate City Bank
A $2.8 billion mutual bank founded in 1923, Gate City Bank is the region’s leading financial institution, as well as the #1 mortgage lender in North Dakota. The Bank employs more than 735 team members at 43 locations in 22 communities across North Dakota and central Minnesota. Gate City Bank believes in creating a better way of life for customers, communities and team members. Additionally, the Bank has been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” seven years in a row by Prairie Business magazine.