Colman Fire & Rescue Agtegra Gives Back to Rural and Volunteer Fire Departments

Bill Hawkins, Dewayan Taggert, Jesse Larson, Mike Gengler, and Clint Corey members of Colman’s Fire and Rescue stand with the $250 dollar check presented by Agtegra Cooperative. Agtegra Cooperative is headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and is one of the nation’s largest locally-owned agricultural cooperatives. It is owned by over 6,800 farmers and ranchers.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – To promote health and safety in its local communities, Agtegra Cooperative has donated monetary resources to 75 rural and volunteer fire departments across its trade territory this year.
“Safety is a core value at Agtegra, and it is part of everything we do, including in how we support our communities,” said Agtegra CEO Jason Klootwyk.
Local fire departments fill the necessity of having emergency services available in rural communities. Without these organizations, it could take several minutes for the nearest emergency team to arrive.
“Our local fire departments and emergency service teams are critical to the communities they serve, and we are incredibly grateful for what they do to keep our member-owners, employees and their families safe,” said Klootwyk.
Due to a matching funds program with the Land O’Lakes Foundation, Agtegra has doubled its donations to these organizations. These funds enable the departments to fulfill the need for training and equipment resources for their teams.
Agtegra also continues to support health and safety in its communities through Dakota Responders, a training program started last year to equip Agtegra employees with basic emergency care. Made possible through a partnership with healthcare organizations, the program will continue to train Agtegra employees in 2023.
Agtegra’s value of safety is demonstrated far beyond the workplace through our health and safety initiatives. From supporting our first responders to educational programming opportunities, Agtegra continues to invest time and resources to ensure our employees and community members are able to continue doing the things they love most.