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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program (USDA-RD) has awarded a $75,000 grant and $90,000 loan to the Whitley City-McCreary County Fire Protection District for a newer model ladder fire truck.

“Ensuring that the people of McCreary County have adequate fire protection coverage and efficient emergency response capabilities has always been an important priority,” said Rogers. “I applaud USDA-RD for their efforts to ensure that our fire departments have adequate equipment to be able to confront tomorrow’s emergencies. This funding will go a long way towards keeping our families safe and giving our local firefighters the tools they need to promptly put out fires in McCreary County.”

The Community Facility Direct Loan and the Economic Impact Initiative Grant funding from USDA-RD will be used to replace one of the older model ladder fire trucks in Whitley City. Its purchase will provide for more efficient fire protection for the 35 square miles of service area, which includes several 2-3 story structures, and the 1,111 residents of Whitley City and surrounding areas in rural McCreary County.

Through his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for valuable initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.