The Hussar Fire Department will be better able to rescue people from highway crashes thanks to a gift from Farm Credit Canada.
The country's biggest agricultural lender is giving the department $20,000 to purchase new motor vehicle rescue tools.
"That would be wonderful," responded Hussar Fire Chief Mike Hager. "We've actually been shopping for some recently. It's always muchly appreciated."
"We have an older set of tools; they've been around since I graduated from school," noted Einar Davidson, the Hussar Rural Fire Association's treasurer. "The newer vehicles, with the high strength steel, they don't necessarily work on them as good as they used to on the older cars."
The money is part of $1.5 million that FCC is giving to 84 community projects across Canada through its AgriSpirit Fund. Over the past 15 years, more than $13.5 million has been donated.
"It's pretty hard to raise funds out here; it's not like in Calgary, where you have big companies that dump a lot of money into the larger cities," Davidson noted. "So, FCC helping us out and helping other rural communities is a great thing, just because it's harder to raise money out here."