New Holland Fire Protection District uses grant to decrease
personnel response time in emergencies
text message can save a life
City Monsanto site supports local organization
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[September 23, 2013]
NEW HOLLAND -- Many people use
text messaging for communicating social information, but they may
not realize that text messaging can help save lives. Thanks to the
Mason City Monsanto, the New Holland Fire Protection District will
be able to purchase a supplemental emergency alert notification and
response system. Using a $3,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the
dispatch center can now send text messages to first responders about
an emergency in the area.
The New Holland Fire Protection District, a nonprofit in New
Holland, was founded in 1948 and is staffed by 25 volunteer
firefighters. The district will use the grant to decrease personnel
response time to emergencies.
"Our department is very appreciative of the Monsanto Fund's
support," said Todd David, co-chief of the New Holland Fire
Department. "This grant will directly impact the members of our
The fire station sits on the outside edge of the department's
radio range, so some volunteers do not receive emergency pages. The
new emergency alert notification and response system monitors the
radio and sends a text to all personnel if there is an emergency in
the area. Firefighters can then choose different codes to text back,
which will notify the station about their response status.
"The people in New Holland and the surrounding area rely on the
volunteers to protect their businesses, homes and families," said
John Endsley, Mason City Monsanto site lead. "We thought the fire
department was deserving of this grant because these volunteers put
their lives at risk to make sure our community is safe."
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This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 127 site grants to nonprofit
organizations in 26 states. In Illinois alone, 18 site grants were
awarded and totaled $201,100. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide
support to organizations such as the New Holland Fire Protection
District to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto
employees live and work.
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The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm
of the Monsanto Co., is a nonprofit organization. Visit the Monsanto
Fund at www.monsantofund.org.