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Published September 17, 2013, 08:39 AM

Oil companies help Keene upgrade rescue equipment

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — The western North Dakota oil patch town of Keene got a little help from the oil industry when officials decided to upgrade emergency response equipment.

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — The western North Dakota oil patch town of Keene got a little help from the oil industry when officials decided to upgrade emergency response equipment.

The Keene Fire Department was able to buy a new fire truck and extrication tools for getting people out of crashed vehicles with the help of McKenzie County, a state grant and donations from oil companies.

The Dickinson Press reports that fire officials reached out to about 100 oil companies, and 20 responded with a total of about $52,000 — about one-third of the cost of the upgrades.

Fire Chief John Rolfsrud says his department is in the process of getting firefighters certified to use the new tools.

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