Winchester Fire Department receives funds from United Cooperative

“United Cooperative values the emergency personnel in each county where our members’ live and where we do business. Each year the cooperative focuses a portion of its community giving to rural health and safety initiatives that directly provide emergency services to our farmer-members,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative President and CEO.

United Cooperative, headquartered at Beaver Dam, recently donated $1,000 to the Town of Winchester Fire Department.

Tom Forbes, fire chief at The Town of Winchester said the department is raising money to replace its Jaws of Life, which is a $25,000 investment. "Our community of 1,800 residents is on two major highways, and we get our share of accident calls, he said. "The Town of Winchester Fire Department has 25 volunteer fire fighters who respond to an area of 36 square miles," he said. "We are a farming-based community, and recently tested our 35-year-old Jaws of Life at a training earlier this year and included a test on a donataed piece farm equipment. Unfortunately, it didn't quite measure up when testing with the farm equipment," he said. "So, getting this equipment replaced will ensure we have the most up-to-date equipment to save lives in the future," he added. The department's auxiliary plans to hold an additional fundraiser in September for the Jaws of Life.

Town of Winchester's Mike Peterson, firefighter and EMR, and Tom Forbes, fire chief, receive $1,000 from Steve LaChey, location manager of United Cooperative.