Plum Creek Foundation: Little Rice Fire Department unveils new emergency services unit funded through $6,000 Plum Creek Foundation grant

News Release

For immediate release
For more information contact:
May 21, 2013
Plum Creek: Katie Baumgart (414) 270-7264

Little Rice Fire Department:

Robert Reimert (715) 453-4857

Little Rice Fire Department Unveils New Emergency Services Unit Funded Through $6,000 Plum Creek Foundation Grant

TOMAHAWK, Wis. – The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $6,000 grant to the Township of Little Rice Fire Department to help purchase and modify a new Emergency Services Unit (ESU) that travels to emergency situations throughout Oneida County. The new mobile unit was unveiled to the community at a celebration on May 19, 2013.

The traveling ESU and its staff offer support and comfort to first responders during tasking tragedies like fires or search and rescue missions. That service includes fluid nourishment for firefighters during lengthy battles, hot drinks and meals to police and volunteers during search and rescue missions, and a “base” where those affected can get out of the elements to warm up and rest. A new unit was needed as the previous vehicle had become too unreliable for use.

According to Robert Reimert, Little Rice Fire Department chief, the dedicated volunteers who staff the ESU are retired members of the community who want to provide a meaningful service to the public.

“The Emergency Services Unit is a welcome sight on any active fire, search and rescue operation or training event,” said Reimert. “Thanks to the help of the Plum Creek Foundation, we were able to modify a new vehicle so that our dedicated volunteers can continue to provide this important service throughout Oneida County.”

The new “assistance center on wheels” includes storage, counter space and a four burner cook-top to prepare and serve meals. After two months of renovations, the department unveiled the new vehicle to the community.

The mission of the Little Rice Fire Department is to provide fire and rescue services to the Township of Little Rice and surrounding communities. For more information visit

The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page on Plum Creek’s website to download an application.


Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in the nation and the most geographically diverse, with approximately 6.4 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing regions of the United States and wood products manufacturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information, visit