Enfield-based Halifax EMC is playing a supporting role in the purchase of new equipment for two volunteer fire departments by facilitating loans funded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.
Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department received a 10-year, $360,000 zero-interest loan from Halifax EMC to purchase a 2019 Class A Pumper truck.
“On behalf of Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to thank the USDA and Halifax Electric for the hard work and dedication to provide us this zero-interest loan,” Roanoke-Wildwood VFD President Eric Davis said. “Their continued involvement in the community is essential and greatly appreciated amongst community members.”
Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department also received a $360,000 zero-interest loan to help pay for their new pumper-tanker.
“The partnership between our fire department and Halifax EMC was instrumental in making this new fire apparatus purchase possible,” Walter Gardner, mayor of Warrenton and chief of Warrenton Rural VFD, said during a socially distanced check presentation. “There are lots of smiles of gratitude hidden by these masks!”
“This zero-interest loan program through the USDA allows us to support rural organizations in our communities far beyond our electric service,” said Halifax EMC Executive Vice President Charles H. Guerry. “We want our communities to be great places to live, work and raise a family.”