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Fire Department recipient of Monsanto Fund grant

Pictured during the Monsanto Fund grant presentation were from left to right: Nathan Schmid, Evan Punt and Roy Schatschneider.

The West Fargo Fire Department has received a $15,723 grant from Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to fund wireless communications/school, which is designed to educate firefighters as well as provide up-to-date communications.

“The West Fargo Fire Department is pleased to team up with the Monsanto Fund to address the needs of our community,” said Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider. “This grant will help considerably for fire ground operations with the wireless headsets, as well as provide training to our volunteers at Texas A & M Monsanto School.”

The West Fargo Fire Department is a combination fire department comprised of 3 full-time employees and 43 volunteers. “With the high cost of equipment, grant money such as this is the only way in which departments such as ours can afford to stay on top of today’s technology,” stated Assistant Chief Dell Sprecher.

“Monsanto is committed to supporting the communities where we do business,” said Evan Punt, Monsanto supervisor.

Incorporated in 1964, the Fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in four main areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; healthy environment, which includes conservation, protection of biodiversity, clean water and restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto employees live and work.