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NEEDED EQUIPMENT: Grants from Compeer Financial’s Emergency Response Equipment Program are helping 59 Minnesota communities purchase equipment.

Rural communities receive emergency response equipment grants

Compeer Financial has awarded more than $150,000 to 59 Minnesota emergency response departments.

More than $150,000 in grants have been awarded to 59 Minnesota emergency response departments by Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America through its Emergency Response Equipment Program.

“Emergency response departments play an invaluable role in the health and safety of rural communities,” says Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist. “The grant program allows Compeer to enrich these rural communities and potentially save lives by helping to provide essential equipment that first responders need to do their jobs.”

The 59 Minnesota organizations receiving support to purchase equipment from the grant program are:

  • Albany Fire Department: ammonia meters with test stations and calibration gas
  • Altura Fire and Ambulance: new batteries for the thermal imager and flashlights
  • Arlington Area Ambulance: a Pulse CO-oximeter
  • Beaver Creek Fire Department: an electric positive pressure ventilation fan
  • Bricelyn Fire and Ambulance: new turnout gear
  • Cannon Falls Ambulance: a new cot
  • Ceylon Fire Department: air packs and SCBA cylinders
  • Chisholm Ambulance Service: new pagers
  • Claremont Area Fire Department: a foam kit and circular saw
  • Clarks Grove Fire Department: a rescue saw
  • Cokato Fire Department: a structural firefighting hose and a high combat firefighting hose
  • Comfrey Fire Department: a washer-extractor
  • Conger Community Volunteer Fire Department: a thermal imaging camera
  • Courtland Rural Fire Association: a drill-operated auger and a portable generator
  • Dunnell-Lake Fremont Fire Department: an SCBA bottle and pack
  • Duxbury Volunteer Fire Department: EMS bags, an AED and a compact thermal imaging camera
  • Eagle Lake Fire Department: particulate hoods
  • Edgerton Volunteer Ambulance Association: installation of a hydraulic lift for oxygen tanks
  • Elgin Ambulance Service: jump bags, oxygen tank bags and other equipment
  • Ellendale Area Ambulance Service: compact suction containers and equipment
  • Ely Area Ambulance Service: a scoop stretcher and backboard
  • Finlayson Fire and Rescue: ice rescue suits
  • Fulda Community Fire Department: new pagers
  • Gibbon Fire and Rescue: a CET skid unit
  • Glencoe Fire Department: a gas-powered ventilation fan and a rescue rope
  • Goodhue Fire and Rescue: turnout gear
  • Hayward Fire Department: a grain bin rescue tube
  • Holdingford Fire and Rescue: a vital signs monitor
  • Kiester Ambulance: a portable radio and charger
  • Kilkenny Fire Department: new automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Lake County Ambulance Service: Pneupac ParaPAC and ventilator
  • Leota First Responders: an AED
  • Leroy Fire Department: a new hose reel, nozzle, hydrant wrench set, and other equipment
  • Lewiston Volunteer Fire Department: new pagers
  • Mantorville Fire and Rescue: back board and stair chair
  • Mille Lacs Health System Ambulance: an oxygen cylinder lift
  • Montgomery Fire Department: Nomex hoods
  • Nashwauk Ambulance Service: a stair chair
  • New Prague Fire Department: a stokes basket
  • Nodine Fire and Rescue: upgrade to the department’s portable suction unit
  • Pickwick Fire and Rescue: portable radios
  • Pipestone Ambulance Association: new pagers
  • Silver Lake Fire Department: new stretchers and rescue strut equipment
  • Slayton Fire Department: new pagers
  • Springfield Community Ambulance: new radios and programming
  • Spring Grove Fire Department: structural fire boots and helmets
  • Spring Valley Fire Department: turnout gear
  • St. Bonifacius Fire Department: hydrogen cyanide monitors and calibration gas, and fire-rescue airlift bags and valves
  • United Hospital District Ambulance: stretchers, a portable suction unit and fracture kits 
  • Upsala Fire Department: a sked, harnesses, ropes and pulleys
  • Waldorf Fire and Rescue: turnout gear
  • Walters Volunteer Firefighters: a gas-powered positive pressure fan and a thermal imaging camera
  • Watertown Fire Department: a battery-operated positive pressure fan
  • Waterville Fire Department: sets of personal protective equipment
  • Wilson Volunteer Fire Department: vest tanks, supply line holders and a fire rake
  • Winthrop Fire Department: new rolls of hose
  • Wykoff First Responders: a fixed radio for response unit
  • Wyoming Fire Department: new pagers
  • Zumbrota Fire Department: new pagers

Compeer announced a total of 165 grants in October totaling $448,544. The grants will impact the lives of 4,247 first responders and will touch the lives of over 631,360 rural residents.

Since the program was established in 2018, the fund has awarded Emergency Response Equipment Grants to 328 agencies for a total impact of over $898,500.

Compeer intends to offer this grant again in August 2020.

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