The Mineral County Fire Department was awarded $32,470 through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan program. The funds will be used to purchase turnout hear as well as CPR and EAD equipment.

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett stated in a press relates that the “USDA is investing $501 million in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure and services in rural communities nationwide.”

Neighboring Nye County received $150,000 in funds to help the Town of Tonopah identify healthcare care facility needs in the community.

“Access to health care is essential for every community,” Hazlett said. “It supports a high quality of life, and it helps businesses attract and retain workers. USDA is partnering with rural communities across the county to help rural residents and workers get access to modern, convenient health care services.”

In Nevada, the USDA Rural Development announced it has obligated nearly $14 million in CF loan and grant funds across rural areas to support hospital and clinic expansions, a new fire house and medical and emergency responder equipment.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With a portfolio of $224 billion, this agency’s assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. More information can be found at www.rd.usda.gov/nv.