Al Hermanson, Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) advisory board member, meets with firefighters Nick Tapp, Julie Gfeller and Joe Winge. The Westory Fire Agency received a SCCF community grant in 2017 to replace firefighting gear for their Kelley station. A $6,000 grant made it possible to purchase new gear for five firefighters.

Fire Chief Ken Kling commented, “This grant is enabling our department to purchase new gear that is desperately needed due to being outdated, damaged or ill-fitting. The new gear will ensure the safety of our volunteers and enable them to provide better service while on duty.”

SCCF awards community grants of up to $6,000 each year and is proud to support this 100 percent volunteer fire department. More information on SCCF grants is available at