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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The MFA Oil Foundation awarded a $1,500 grant to the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District (JRFPD). The money is earmarked to purchase firefighting-related equipment, the California Democrat reported.
MFA Oil, a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members, operates Break Time convenience stores, Jiffy Lube franchises, Big O Tire franchise and MFA Oil Tire and Auto Center. The company also supplies fuels, lubricants, propane and tires to customers in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa.
The foundation, which was established in 1999, provides support to nonprofit organizations working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees, according to MFA Oil president Jerry Taylor.
The JRFPD applied for the grant in late November in order to equip Squad 720 with an electric power inverter to operate extraction tools that require 110-volt electricity. The grant will help the fire department purchase the inverter, cables, switches and all items necessary to install the inverter. The JRFPD also will purchase an Accountability Board with tags to use at incidents where it's necessary to keep track of who is on the scene, who is not and where they are, according to the newspaper report.
MFA Oil's focus for selecting grant recipients is on three areas: programs designed to build knowledge and leadership skills of rural youth; agricultural and cooperative education programs; and organizations active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life, Taylor said.