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Flathead Electric Cooperative donates to local services

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KALISPELL - The Flathead Electric Cooperative has donated to the Seeley Swan Search and Rescue as part of their Roundup for Safety program.

The program is funded by members who choose to round up their electric bills to the next dollar and that money goes into this fund.

Swan Mission Search and Rescue, which provides services in the Swan Valley and northern Lake County areas, was given $1,300 in order to boost their rescue efforts.

The organization's president, Carol Fields, says they will be using the money to purchase new transceivers, a device used to local people buried in avalanches. 

Fields noted that the old transceivers they used worked fine, but these new ones have features that will allow them to reach their goal of being quick and efficient during rescue missions.

“The big feature with those is when you get on scene immediately it tells you how many burials you have because with the old technology you get there and you find one and you have to dig up the person, and find the transceiver and turn it off and move on to the next one," Fields said.

Flathead Electric gave out just under $12,000 in grants to other agencies as part of their Roundup for Safety program.

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