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OSAGE | The Osage police and fire departments have purchased new safety equipment thanks to grants from Iowa Select Farms. 

Earlier last year, Iowa Select Farms awarded the Osage Police Department $3,307 and the Osage Fire Department $1,600 as part of its CommunityCare grant program.

With the funds, the police department updated patrol vehicle safety cages and camera systems, and the fire department purchased Nomex fire hoods.

“Safety of the officers is always our top priority,” said Police Chief Brian Wright in a news release. “We transport four to five people a week in our vehicles and have had people kick out windows and dashes before. Cages and cameras keep both the passenger and officer safe.”

Keeping all 30 Osage volunteer firefighters safe is also a top priority for Fire Chief Kurt Angell.

“It’s no secret that firefighters are far more likely to develop cancer,” he said. “New studies have shown that homes today are built with different materials that, when burned, are hazardous to the health of first responders. These hoods give us one less thing to worry about.”

Nomex hoods are created from fire-resistant material that creates a barrier on the shoulder, neck, face and head. The fire department had not updated their hoods since 2004.

Funds for the 2019 CommunityCare grant program are still available. Contact the Mitchell County Economic Development office at 641-732-4790 or by email at mcedcdirector@osage.net for the grant criteria and an electronic copy of the application.

Applications for the next round of grants are due on May 31. 

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