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July 27, 2016
Tamms Volunteer Fire Department Recipient of Donation
Tamms’ Fire Chief Jesse Kerr and Lieutenant Jeffrey Dinsmore were presented with a $500 donation from Unimin Specialty Minerals Inc., recently.
"It is because of our local supporters and caring residents that we are able to keep our heads just above water,” said Chief Kerr. “With the population level decreasing every year due to low industry and rising taxes, our fire tax funding is only enough to pay for our Insurance on apparatuses and station, workers compensation program, and basic maintenance to equipment. “
The department covers 98 square miles of zone that includes the Village of Tamms, Township of Sandusky and Township of Elco in rural Southern Illinois. Their primary source of income for training and certification of personnel – as well as upgrades to equipment -- is from local businesses like Unimin and local fundraisers.
"From everything I have heard and seen, Unimin has been a great supporter of Tamms Fire/Rescue,” said Lieutenant Dinsmore. “They are the largest factories in our zone both here in Tamms and Elco and I look forward to further strengthening our relationship with them.”
“As citizens of the communities in which we live, work and raise families, we’re honored to help support the Tamms Volunteer Fire Department,” said Dasha Fehrenbacher, Unimin’s Health and Safety Coordinator. “These men and woman provide a vital service, and as good neighbors, we’re glad to support them.”
Safety meetings and training have been scheduled so Unimin staff and Tamms’ Engine Crews can get more familiar with each other and foster an already great partnership.