San Antonio-based Valero Renewable Fuels is donating more than $40,000 in funds and equipment to 10 local fire departments in Midwestern communities where the company owns ethanol plants, the Boston Herald reported.
Valero owns the former VeraSun plant in Aurora, S.D.
The San Antonio, Texas-based company will also pay tuition and travel expenses for 20 local firefighters to attend a fire training academy at Texas A&M University in April.
Local fire departments in Aurora and the nine other communities will receive firefighting equipment or donations to purchase equipment, or both. Equipment may include portable fire monitors and foam nozzles.