HURON, S.D. – The USDA says it is investing $352,400 in Lake Andes-Ravinia Rural Fire Protection District and Perkins County in South Dakota to upgrade equipment.

The investment, according to a news release on Tuesday, will benefit more than 5,400 rural residents in South Dakota.

“These investments will allow Lake Andes-Ravinia Fire Protection District and Perkins County to provide safe, modern equipment and supplies to service and meet the needs in their respective communities,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Lake Andes-Ravinia Fire Protection District is receiving a loan of $32,000 and a grant of $25,000 to replace a 1990 Ford chassis, with 320,000 miles, according to the news release. The District wil also purchase other important fire protection equipment to install on the new chassis.

This investment will improve the efficiency and delivery of fire rescue protection services throughout the District's service area. This project will serve 2,438 people.

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Perkins County is receiving a loan of $250,000 and a grant of $45,000 to purchase a road grader. This project will serve 2,978 people.

The announcement is in conjunction with another annoucement made by USDA, which says it is funding 44 projects across the country through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding.