ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Staff members at the Origin wind farm in Garvin County gave a check to Hennepin Volunteer Fire Department for much needed equipment upgrades on Friday.
The $43,000 from Enel Green Energy will be used to upgrade and improve safety equipment.
The company, which focuses on renewable energy, operates wind turbines near Hennepin and said they wanted to help improve safety in the community.
Jeff Doss, Hennepin fire chief, received the check.
"It helps us maintain our fire department, upgrade our fire department and keep our communities safe," Doss said.
Doss said the department will use the money to rebuild a tanker truck and buy a new jaws of life, a lifesaving tool used at the scene of car wrecks.
These upgrades will help the department keep its current ISO rating, which keeps insurance rates low.
That is good news for the residents the department serves in Garvin, Carter and Murray counties.
State Representative Tammy Townley represents those communities.
"This money is going to go towards a great project for the Hennepin fire department and we are so grateful for them investing in our community," Townley said.
Clayton Fenton, site manager at Origin wind farm, said Enel energy puts a high priority on safety and the community, setting up a fund to help communities where the company operates wind farms.
"Being able to support our local fire departments and help them get the equipment they need so that they can assist other people, whether that be in wildfires or car accidents or things like that, we are more than happy to partner with them," Fenton said.
Doss said he and the community are grateful.
"I'd just like to thank Clayton for his support of our fire department and our community," Doss said. "I appreciate it a lot and so does the community."
Doss said the department will start rebuilding the tanker with in the next week and get its extraction tool in a little more than a month