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Emergency Response Equipment Grant Funds Awarded

For Immediate Release

Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
[email protected] or (651) 245-6804

Compeer Financial Awards $448K in Emergency Response Equipment Grants
165 Grants Awarded to Emergency Response Departments in Compeer Territory

Sun Prairie, Wis., (October 15, 2019) Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 165 grants as part of their Emergency Response Equipment Program, totaling $448,544. Emergency Response Equipment Grants help to offset the cost of equipment that community emergency response departments need to carry out their important work throughout rural America.
These grants will directly 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 329 agencies for a total impact of over $898,500. The Fund intends to offer this grant again in August 2020 to provide funding for late 2020.

“Emergency response departments play an invaluable role in the health and safety of rural communities,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The Emergency Response Equipment 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 165 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving support from the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program include:

Abingdon Fire Protection District: a new generator lamp unit and power adapter supply plug
Akron-Princeville Fire Protection District: a fire gear washer
Altona Fire Department: structural fire boots and rescue gloves
Altona Oneida Wataga Ambulance Service: oxygen bags, pediatric supply bags, and first responder bags
Amboy Fire Protection District: a LUCAS chest compression device
Aroma Fire Protection District: swift water rescue equipment
Benson Fire Department: new helmet lights
Bourbonnais Fire Protection District: new mobile data terminals
Cedar Point Fire Department: storz fittings and hydrant equipment
Central Warren Fire Protection District: batteries and antennas for handheld radios
Chadwick Fire Protection District: new fire boots
Chatsworth Fire Protection District: a set of extrication cutters and spreaders
Colchester Fire Protection District: compressed air-powered rescue tools
Compton Fire Protection District: to fund the installation of a remote-controlled monitor nozzle on the tender
Deer Creek Fire Protection District: water back packs, backpack leaf blowers and a fire broom
Downs Fire Protection District: vehicle accident site safety equipment
Dunlap Fire Protection District: gas alert Max XT II’s
Ellsworth Fire Protection District: Kevlar lined boots
Elmwood Fire Department: new fire boots
Farmington Community Fire Protection District: wireless headsets and tablets
Freeport Rural Fire Protection District: new pagers
German Valley Fire Protection District: new fire hose
Gibson Area Hospital Ambulance Service: medical training manikins and other training aides
Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department: rescue struts
Hooppole Fire Department: first responder coats, duty uniforms, signage, and safety equipment
Kirkland Community Fire District: rescue jacks, hydraulic spreaders and a power cot
Lacon-Sparland Fire Protection District: a thermal imaging camera
Lena Fire Protection District: a UTV skid unit
Logan-Trivoli Fire Protection District: a battery operated positive pressure fan
Lyndon Fire Department: a washer-extractor
MABAS Division 29: new AEDs
Minier Fire Department: radios, microphones, pagers, and headsets
MST Fire Protection District: radios and pagers
Naplate Fire Department: to purchase and install new turnout gear lockers
North Pekin Fire Department: handheld blood pressure monitors
Ohio Volunteer Fire Department: extrication tools
Payson Fall Creek Fire Protection District: handheld radios with speaker microphones
Prophetstown Fire Department: new chainsaws
Raritan Volunteer Fire Department: new scanners
Reddick Community Fire Protection District: a supply hose and attack hose
Roanoke Fire Protection District: fire hose and safety vests
Salina Township Fire Protection District: a new vehicle radio
Serena Community Fire Protection District: heavy rescue air bags, controls, valves and hose
Shabbona Fire Protection District:  supply hose and attack hose
Shannon Fire Department: new turn out gear and hydrant fittings
Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service: CPR training mannequins
Spring Valley Fire Department: gear mounted flashlights, firefighting gloves, and rescue webbing
Toluca-Rutland Fire Protection District: helmet mounted flashlights
Tonica Volunteer Fire Department– a mounted winch for heavy rescue, leatherhead irons for ventilation, and other equipment
Versailles Fire Protection District: extrication gloves, a Halligan tool, and protective outerwear
West Peoria Fire Protection District: Zoll ResQPumps
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 turn out 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: a 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: installing 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 AED’s
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 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: firefighting 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
Adams County Fire District: a turnout gear dryer
Allenton Volunteer Fire Department: rescue ropes, harnesses, and a self-retracting lifeline
Almena Fire Department: grain bin rescue equipment
Black Earth Fire Department: a gear extractor industrial washing machine
Blair Preston Volunteer Fire Department: a portable water tank
Blanchardville Fire Department: a digital compatible portable radio and programming
Brandon-Fairwater Fire Department: combustible gas leak detectors
Brule Fire Department: a semi-automatic External Defibrillator and supplies
Burnett Fire Department: new turnout gear
Cascade Fire Department: Nomex fire hoods
City of Waterloo Fire and EMS: new fire hose
Cobb First Responders: new turnout gear
Cuba City Fire Department: synthetic corn for grain bin rescue training trailer
Dunn County Emergency Medical Responders: Automated External Defibrillators
Eagle Point Fire Department: Automated External Defibrillators
Eldorado Fire Department: new turnout gear
Fall River Fire Department: a portable water tank and hose
Farmington Volunteer Fire Department: helmet flashlights
Fountain City Fire Department: Automated External Defibrillators
Glenwood City Ambulance Service: trauma bags with supplies
Grand River Fire District: battery-powered extrication tools
Gratiot Fire Department: new hose nozzles
Hixton Volunteer Fire Department: a thermal imaging camera
Hollandale Volunteer Fire Department: new pagers and a positive pressure fan
Hudson Fire Department: handheld portable lights and a portable water tank
Iron Ridge Fire Department Inc.: first-aid training manikins
Kickapoo Valley Rescue Squad: handheld radios
La Farge Area Ambulance: portable radios
La Farge Fire Department: structural fire boots
Lebanon Fire Department: a heavy rescue rope set
Lund Fire Department: a Blitzfire monitor
Mason Area Ambulance Service: an Automated External Defibrillator and supplies
Mineral Point Fire Department: compressed air breathing cylinders
Monroe Vernon Fire Association: rescue throw ropes
Monticello Fire Department: new turnout gear
Muscoda Fire Department: a grain bin rescue system
Osseo Rural Fire Department: high-angle rescue ropes and harness
Oxford Fire Department: new turnout gear
Pepin Emergency Ambulance Service: an Automated External Defibrillator training manikin
Poynette Dekorra Fire Department: rescue ropes, harnesses, and raising and lowering systems
Prairie du Sac Volunteer Fire Department: vehicle extrication stabilization equipment
Prescott Fire and EMS Association: a thermal imaging camera and multigas detector kits
Randolph Fire Department: a fire extinguisher training kit
Raymond Fire and Rescue Department: a new Automated External Defibrillator
Saint Cloud Fire Department: helmets, flashlights, and pagers
Sharon Fire and Rescue: a thermal imaging camera
Shelby Fire Department: single voltage detectors, thermal imaging cameras and single gas carbon monoxide detectors
Sheldon Fire Protection District: personal protective gear sets
Town of Burlington Fire Department: water rescue kits
Town of Washington Volunteer Fire Department - Hillpoint Fire: new turnout gear
Town of Winchester Fire Department: fully-equipped EMS bags
Village of Fredonia: Volunteer Fire Department: new supply hose
Village of Westfield Volunteer Fire Department: SCBAs
Waubeka Fire Department: inverter generators, protective covers, parallel cable kits, and a charging cord
Wilton Volunteer Fire Department: new fire boots
About the Fund for Rural America
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development and community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at
About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.3 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.


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