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Silo Delivery To Castle


Merced County government officials and firefighters are giving a special thanks to the Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. for making its largest (physical) donation ever to the Merced County Fire Department.

This week, Hilmar Cheese donated a 30,000 gallon silo to the department’s Castle Training Center inside the Castle Commerce Center in Atwater.

The 42 feet-tall silo with a diameter of 12 feet will be used to simulate real-life emergency scenarios involving agricultural and food processing equipment.

Positive relationships between private industry and local government fosters networking and specialized training opportunities, officials say.

Businesses such as Hilmar Cheese take safety very seriously and the commitment to providing a safe work environment is reflected in the relationship with County Fire.

The Castle Training Center serves Merced County, CAL FIRE and Merced College’s local firefighter curriculum. This large silo will replicate an industrial facility to provide realistic training.

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