REMC Grant Provides Equipment To Burket FD

Pictured (L to R) are Ryan Shoemaker, Kevin McSherry and Shade Keeney. Photo provided.

BURKET – The Burket/Seward Township Fire Department recently took delivery of new ice and water rescue equipment provided by Kosciusko County REMC via their Operation Round-up grant Program.

Because of the assistance provided by KREMC, the department was able to purchase new cold water rescue suits, life jackets rated for rescue, new water rescue rope and associated hardware.

The department has made several water-related rescues in the last few years but it is starting to deal with some aging equipment. With multiple lakes and rivers in the area, providing the department’s firefighters with proper safety equipment is imperative to efficiently serve the community, according to a news release from the Fire Department.

The department consists of 29 men and women who donate a substantial amount of time each year to provide fire and EMS coverage to local citizens. Like many small departments in the area, funding is limited and the Fire Department relies on donations to allow it to provide quality service with quality equipment, the release states.

Along with thanking KREMC, the Burket/Seward Township Fire Department recognized the KREMC customers who actively participate in the Operation Round-up program. In this program, customers voluntarily choose to round-up their electric bills to the next dollar, thus allowing the proceeds to be used by a KREMC advisory committee to assist departments such as Burket/Seward Township Fire Department with financial support.