FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 28, 2019
Manager of Communications & Public Affairs
DEEP RIVER, IA - T.I.P. REC and Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) donated $7,500 to the remodel and expansion project for the Deep River Fire Station. Iowa’s electric cooperatives are actively involved in sustaining and growing their communities, including supporting essential emergency and public safety services. Donations such as these supports needed facilities that allow for revitalization in rural communities across the state.
“We appreciate the donation to our independent fire station here in Deep River,” said Captain Mike Geiger. “Our steel frame building was built in 1972 and is long overdue for improvements that will better serve our volunteer firefighters and our local communities. This donation will go a long way to setting the project in motion.”
The fire department plans to raise over $200,000 in its campaign to upgrade a nearly 50-year old building, including a new roof, building sidewalls, and insulation. Additionally, the revitalized facility will have a 30x41 foot addition allowing for new facilities and meeting rooms, while also providing a new truck bay. Fundraisers throughout the year will help raise the money necessary to get the project off the ground this year.
“Concern for Community is one of our cooperative principles. RECs are local, and we’re committed to helping important causes in our communities,” said Dean Huls, T.I.P. REC assistant general manager. “Supporting local public safety and emergency services helps all of our members. We have a close connection with all fire departments and emergency services providers. We often work together when storms or electrical safety issues require their services as well as ours.”
“We’re proud to support community development in the areas served by our member electric cooperatives,” stated CIPCO CEO Bill Cherrier. “By partnering with T.I.P. REC on this important project, we’re able to have a positive impact on priorities in the local area.”