On November 18, the Southern Pioneer Electric Helping Us Give to Society (HUGS) team presented the Sublette Volunteer Fire Department with a donation to help cover the cost of new radios.
The $5,000 HUGS donation was partially matched by CoBank, giving the fire department a total of $7,000 for the vital equipment. CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, is the main lender for Southern Pioneer Electric and matches certain donations throughout the year, via its Sharing Success program.
“Fire departments and other first responders like them are vital to our communities and the fact that we can donate to this group of volunteers really embodies what the HUGS program is all about,” said Southern Pioneer Electric Energy Services Coordinator and HUGS team member Dee Longoria.
The fire departments current radios were obsolete and in need of repairs – something that is expensive and/or impossible due to their age. The new radios will not only carry the latest technology, but will be able to communicate with surrounding counties, which of course is a big plus when an emergency situation occurs.
“Radios like this are expensive and the cost on these rural departments can really be a challenge, so we are more than thankful that Southern Pioneer Electric was able to make this donation. We can’t thank them enough,” said Sublette Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rusty Sherwood.
The fire department covers roughly 193 square miles. In 2018 the department received 97 calls – whether it was a fire, smoke, vehicle accident or assisting a neighboring county.