Basin Electric donates $7,500 toward McKenzie County foam trailer

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Clyde Moch (center) and Bobbie Sargent (not pictured) deliver a check June 15 to McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe and Dusty Bratsberg, assistant chief of the Alexander (ND) Fire Department. The money went toward fire-retardant foam, which will be accessible to the entire county.

A $7,500 donation from Basin Electric will help McKenzie County (ND) Emergency Management fight larger fires.

The money paid for a tote of fire-retardant foam, one of two that can be carried on the county’s foam trailer. One tote carries approximately 260 gallons.

Clyde Moch, Lonesome Creek Station operations maintenance supervisor, and Bobbie Sargent, Basin Electric administrative assistant III, delivered the check on June 15 to McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe and Dusty Bratsberg, assistant chief of the Alexander (ND) Fire Department.

“It’s good to give back to our communities,” Moch says. “The individuals here are neighbors to us.”

If the county didn’t have access to the foam, Jappe says it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in an out-of-state company to fight larger fires. Four days after receiving the trailer, it was used.

“That was kind of wild,” Jappe says. “It’s just a nice asset to have in our county.”

Jappe appreciates Basin Electric’s care for safety and community support. She also enjoys working with cooperative employees and being able to tour their facilities.

“Basin Electric employees are superb,” she says. “They’re very respectful, they’re very caring, and they’re very passionate about what they do.”

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