Enel Green donates $25,000 to Roxbury Fire Department

Mark Wiebe, Roxbury Fire Chief

Representatives from Enel Green Power presented the McPherson County Rural Fire District 6 Station in Roxbury with a $25,000 donation on Wednesday afternoon. The money went into a general fund that will likely go towards new communication equipment.

“McPherson County is updating their radio system,” Chief Mark Wiebe explained. “It is very likely the funds will be used for radios for our trucks and supportable radios for the firefighters…The ability to immediately interact with other firefighters and other departments is critical and the proper technology is expensive. These funds from Enel Green Power will provide cutting-edge communication equipment improving efficiency and potentially saving property and lives.”

The department is made up of 18 volunteer firefighters who serve the small town of Roxbury, 15 miles east of Lindsborg.

“It’s a fine group of volunteers interested in serving the community and helping out wherever they can,” Wiebe said.

Enel Green Power started construction on the Diamond Vista wind project in Marion and Dickinson counties in 2018. The 300-MW facility became one of six Enel Green projects in the state of Kansas, making it the largest wind power provider in Kansas. They are the leading owners of renewable energy plants in North America, with facilities in 24 of the United States and two Canadian provinces.

“We’re proud members of the Tampa and Roxbury communities,” said James Henderson, assistant site supervisor for Diamond Vista. “Enel Green Power is grateful to partner with these agencies to create shared value for our neighbors.”

The company has made a massive footprint in the state of Kansas with about 1,250 construction jobs and 210 full-time employment opportunities. That isn’t all, in addition, they entered into a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Service to provide $8.5 million in support of research and preservation of tallgrass prairie in Kansas and have given approximately $300,000 to local education and scholarship programs.

This week they made small-town, public servants and community needs the recipients of their generosity. The $25,000 in Roxbury was part of a larger donation that included another $25,000 to the Tampa Fire Department and $5,000 to the Paul Gooding Memorial Library in Tampa.

“The donation was very much appreciated,” Wiebe said. “In a small department, we operate on a small budget. With trucks getting old and things needing to be replaced every donation is greatly appreciated.”

 

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