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More than a month after the Mason City Fire Department received almost $400,000 in funding to hire new firefighters for emergency operations, it is now getting money, through a grant, from Alliant Energy. 

According to Deputy Chief of Operations Aaron Beemer, the Mason City Fire Department accepted a $1,000 grant award from the energy company, through their Hometown Safety Grant program, to purchase a new thermal imaging camera.

Mason City Fire Department with grant

Members of the Mason City Fire Department hold their $1,000 "check" from Alliant Energy.

"Thermal imagers are a vital piece of equipment that aid our firefighters in fighting structure fires and search and rescue efforts," Beemer wrote in a release.

In addition to the grant going to the Mason City Fire Department, Alliant Energy is also giving out a $10,000 grant for a "4 gas monitor program the Commission has undertaken." Those gas monitors would go to smaller departments within the 10-county area and are "the first line defense" for volunteer departments, according to Beemer. 

Along with the grant awards, the Mason City Council also recently passed a resolution that should help alleviate county coverage issues for the local fire department.

NCRERC receives $10,000 grant

The North Central Regional Emergency Response Commission received $10,000 from Alliant Energy for four gas monitors. 

In Cerro Gordo County, in the past, certain coverage areas for Clear Lake and Mason City emergency services would overlap. Which meant that, in certain cases, it was possible that a response unit from Mason City, headed to county areas, might have to travel farther and longer than one in Clear Lake would have to. 

The basic intent of the resolution is that the county's adjustments to the boundaries of the service agreement should put people closer to an ambulance service in territory. 

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Reach Reporter Jared McNett at 641-421-0527. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @TwoHeadedBoy98. 

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