Celestine firefighters receive donation

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From left, TransCanada associate Jenna Cole, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ryan Wineinger, fire department board President Chris Bieker, Assistant Chief Adam Glendening and TransCanada associate Mark Betz show off a $17,000 gift check and the new set of extrication tools it purchased by the new light rescue truck where the gear is stored until needed.

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CELESTINE — The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department recently received a donation from TransCanada Corp., a natural gas supplier with a compressor station in Celestine.

Fire Chief Ryan Wineinger said the $17,000 gift — it was part of TransCanada’s Community Investment Program —was used to purchase a new set of extrication tools and pump, which replaced the department’s original, 30-year-plus extriction tools.

The new tools provide increased capabilities and speed of operation to shorten critical extrication times, Wineinger said.

The tools are in service on the department’s new light rescue truck and have already been put to use, proving their importance and value, the chief said.

Celestine’s fire department includes five trucks and 24 firefighters.

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