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Fire Department receives Monsanto grant

West Fargo Fire Chief Roy Schatschneider receives the donation from the Monsanta Fund from Monsanto employee Evan Punt.

The West Fargo Fire Department is the recipient of $2,900 from the Monsanto Fund to purchase fire computer equipment consisting of a much needed PC Base, LCD monitors and hardware for the current and new fire station presently under construction. The equipment is required in order for the fire department to remain current with the upgrade being incorporated with the Red River Dispatch Center.

The West Fargo Fire Department is a combination department, providing fire protection for the city of West Fargo and surrounding townships.

"This funding will provide much needed equipment for assisting in fire response and information needed before and during fire scenes," said Assistant Chief Dell Sprecher. "This helps us considerably with changes and upgrades that are being completed region wide with computer software additions. We are very grateful for additional funding opportunities which Monsanto can provide."

"Monsanto is committed to supporting the communities where we do business," said Evan Punt, Monsanto employee.

The Monsanto organization works closely with the West Fargo Fire Department in a number of areas, including providing them with the much needed equipment for emergency service for the community; and providing the ability for one firefighter a year to attend Texas A & M University training consisting of actual live burn scenarios, along with confined space rescue, normally not within the fire department's budget.

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, incorporated in 1964, to improve lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and there resources. The 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, including 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.