REMC Provides Zero-Interest Loan to Robbins Fire and Rescue Department
The Town of Robbins is proud to sport a new, spacious fire engine, loaded with the newest upgrades in fire safety and technology; outfitted with a mix of equipment to handle both fires and accidents. This new truck purchase was made possible by a $360,000 zero-interest loan from Randolph Electric Membership Corporation.
Randolph EMC was able to extend the loan through its Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund. The fund was established by way of the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program provides zero-interest loans and grants to local electric cooperatives, who in turn lend the money to qualifying recipients for projects in support of community and economic development in rural areas.
“The USDA’s REDLG program is part of Randolph EMC’s mission to support the communities we serve,” said Steve Harris, who serves as REMC’s District 8 Board of Directors. “As a member-owned cooperative, we are proud to be able to provide financial support for the purchase of equipment that will enhance the safety and well-being of not only those we serve, but the entire community served by Robbins Fire and Rescue Department.
The Robbins Fire and Rescue Department provides its surrounding community with fire and rescue services with a primary station located at 301 Branson Circle in Robbins. The department responded to 636 emergency calls in 2016. Fires accounted for 254 of the calls, while 382 were rescue or medical calls.
The new fire truck is decked out with the most advanced supplies and tools to more efficiently and safely help their first responders during emergencies. The new engine can easily hold six firefighters, comfortably. Chief Jarius Garner says five of the six seats are equipped with mounts for self-contained breathing apparatuses, or “air packs.” “The air pack seats make it possible for firefighters to make quick fire attacks on arrival,” he said.
“Robbins Fire and Rescue is fully equipped to respond in any emergency situation and we are lucky to have a station with such new technological advancements in Moore County,” said Jay Albright, who serves as Randolph Electric’s District Vice President. Once repaid, the funds loaned by Randolph Electric will be re-loaned to assist with future projects in the cooperative’s service area.