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Emergency Response Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release

Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
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Compeer Financial Awards $450K to Emergency Response Departments
163 Emergency Response Grants Awarded in IL, MN and WI

Sun Prairie, Wis., (October 6, 2020) Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 163 grants as part of their Emergency Response Equipment Program, totaling $450,134.

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. 54 of these grants, totaling $144,166 were for COVID-19 related response needs.

These grants will directly impact the lives of 4,333 people and will touch the lives of over 1 million rural residents.

“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,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “COVID-19 continues to impact rural communities, and making sure first responders are equipped to respond safely was an important part of this grant cycle.  We are proud to partner with these vital organizations for these variety of needs.”

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded Emergency Response Equipment Grants to 492 agencies for a total impact of over $1.3 million. The Fund intends to offer this grant again in August 2021 to provide funding for late 2021.

The 163 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving support from the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program include:

Apple River Fire Department: for a grain bin rescue system and related training
Beecher Fire Protection District: for tactical responder hi-vis parkas with blood borne pathogen protection
Brown County Ambulance Service: for Automated External Defibrillators
Browning Fire Department: for pagers
Bureau Fire Protection District: for grain bin rescue equipment - stokes basket with harness, rope rescue kit, harness, ropes, carabiners, ascenders, straps, pulleys and webbing
Cameron Fire Department: for surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, disposable gowns, and thermal cameras
Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District: for aluminum house number signs
Crete Fire Protection District: for thermal imaging cameras
East Galesburg Volunteer Fire Department: for a generator, sawzall, 5-gas meter, and auto extraction gloves
Easton Rural Fire Protection District: for bunker gear
Erie Fire Protection District: for a  gear washing system
Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District: for a gear extractor
FSW Fire Protection District: for a gear washer
Good Hope-Sciota Fire Protection District: for portable radios, halligan tools and axes
Griggsville Fire Department: for sanitizer and dispenser, masks, gloves, gear wash, fogger with solution, thermometers, and UV light
Leaf River Fire Protection District: for portable radios
LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service Inc.: for UV lights and UV glasses
MABAS Division 25 Swift Water Rescue Team: for dry suits
Manteno Community Fire Protection District: for rescue evac bags, rescue helmets, helmet lights, harnesses, and rescue gloves
Marseilles Fire Protection District: for backpack blowers, firefighter boots and wildland fire jackets
Mazon Verona Kinsman Rescue Squad District: for a light bar for the ambulance
Mount Carroll Fire Protection District: for portable radios and a thermal imaging camera
Mount Sterling Fire Department - Brown County Fire Protection District: for a headset intercom system for the fire engine
Polo Fire Protection District: for new computers
Pontiac Fire Department: for personal protective equipment for new members
Reading Fire Department: for medical equipment and turnout gear
Reynolds Fire Protection District: for new turnout gear
Rockton Fire Protection District: for new cardiac monitors
Sandwich Fire Department: for landing zone kits
Schuyler Fire District: for gloves and gas leak detector
Sheridan Community Fire Protection District: for gloves, masks, disposable lifter sheets, gowns, and face shields
Smithfield Fire Protection District: for pagers and radios
Somonauk Fire Protection District: for full face piece respirators
Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District: formulti-gas detectors
Washburn Fire Department: for SCBA masks and hoods
Wenona Fire Protection District: for boots
Wonder Lake Fire Protection District: for protective gear
Adams Area Ambulance Service: for a defibrillator monitor
Alden Volunteer Fire Department: for SCBA bottles
Balsam Township Volunteer Fire Department: for personal protective equipment
Blue Earth Fire and Rescue: for a battery powered positive pressure fan
Brainerd Fire Department: for personal protective equipment heat protection and flame resistant firefighting hoods
Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department: for structural firefighting turnout gear
Buffalo Fire Department: for pagers
Buffalo Lake Ambulance: for PPE and sanitization equipment
Caledonia Ambulance Service: for tables and chairs for training department and EKG generator
Chain of Lakes Fire and Rescue District: for pagers
City of Victoria Fire Department: for reusable isolation gowns
City of Winnebago: for an EKG machines
Deerwood Fire Department: for SCBA bottles
Delavan Fire Department: for radios
Elysian Fire Department: for turnout gear
Frost Fire Department: for accountability tags
Fulda Community Ambulance Association: for a washer and dryer, water softener and storage containers
Garvin Fire Department: for fire coat and bunker pant set
Gaylord Ambulance: for N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, sneeze guards, face shields, disinfectant and hi visibility vests
Glenville Fire Department: for structural turnout gear sets
Grand Lake Fire Department: for medical bags, glucometers, and SPCO monitor
Grand Meadow Area Ambulance: for wireless gateways
Green Isle Fire and Rescue: for a  gear dryer
Hayfield Community Ambulance: for cleaning supplies, N95 and surgical masks
Henderson Fire Department: for masks, gowns, eye protection, gloves and fire fighter gear
Holland 1st Responders: for gas monitors, face shields, masks, gloves, aprons, safety vests, and road flares
Jordan Fire Department: for a rescue boat
Kiester Fire Department: for turnout gear
Lakefield Fire Department: for a portable heavy duty air bag kit
Le Center Fire Department: for turnout gear
LeRoy Area Ambulance: for COVID-related supplies and radio equipment
Lester Prairie Fire Department: for battery operated blowers, battery operated angle grinder, set of hand tools and storage chest, and portable LED scene lights
LeSueur Fire Department: for a battery operated heat transfer fan
Lewiston Ambulance: for a stair chair
Linwood Fire Department: for a portable turnout gear dryer
Lismore Fire and Rescue: for pagers and radio
Maple Lake Fire - Ambulance: for SCBA respirator and cartridges
Melrose Fire Department: for handheld radios
Minnesota City Fire and Rescue: for turnout gear
MLMB 1st Response Team: for a Zoll AED, epi pens, Narcan, tourniquets, and emergency airway and PPE
Montrose Fire Department: for traffic safety equipment: cones, stop-slow signs; water rescue equipment: throw ropes, life jackets, and misc rescue equip; medical response equipment: personal protection equipment and first aid medical equipment supplies
Normanna Volunteer Fire Department: for medical equipment, bags, supplies, and safety vests
North Star Township Fire and EMS: for turnout gearand fire hose
Norwood Young America Fire Department: for medical response suits
Okabena Fire Department: for fire hoses
Ormsby Fire Department: for nozzles
Rockville Volunteer Fire Department: for an off-road utility vehicle
Rushford Community Ambulance: for a power load mechanism for a cot
Saint Clair Fire Department: for a thermal imaging camera
Sauk Centre Fire Department : for air bags
South Aitkin First Responders: for masks, gloves, face shields, sanitizer, training mannequin and other training equipment
Spring Grove Ambulance Inc: for N95s, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, no touch thermometer, UV cleaning light, gloves, goggles, hand sanitizer, and bleach
Springfield Volunteer Fire Department: for handheld radios
St. Charles Fire and Rescue: for a ladder and canopy tent
St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad: for swift-water rescue kits
Tower Area Ambulance Service: for a Capnography unit
Truman Fire and Rescue: for helmets
Walnut Grove Fire Department: for helmets, boots, coat and bunker pants

Ada Fire Department: for portable scene lights
Allied Emergency Services Inc: for a  personal protective gear dryer
Augusta Bridge Creek Fire Department: for backboards, foam splints, tape and other medical supplies
Baraboo Fire Department: for swift water rescue equipment
Birchwood Four Corners Emergency Services District: for powered air purifying respirators and filters
Bloomer Community Ambulance: for a cardiac monitor
Bloomington Fire Department: for turnout gear
Blue River Fire Department: for a combination extrication tool
Boyceville Community Ambulance District: for a portable suction unit
Boyceville Community Fire District: for a positive pressure ventilation fan
Browntown, Cadiz, Jordan Fire District: for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus tanks
Campbellsport Volunteer Fire Department: for an automated external defibrillator
Cashton Area Fire Protection District: for turnout gear
Cassville Fire and Rescue Inc: for extrication equipment
Cataract First Responders: for grain bin rescue equipment
Chilton Fire Department: for wireless tablets
Chippewa Fire District: for airbags and associated equipment
Dane County EMS District 14: for sanitation equipment
Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department: for extrication equipment
Dodgeville Fire Department: for flame resistance masks with filtration and sanitizing misting machine
Doylestown Fire Department: for high-visibility vests, LED blinking stop-slow paddles, and auto-crib jacks
Eldorado Emergency Medical Responders: for pagers
Elmwood Area Ambulance Service: for radios
Genoa Harmony Fire Department: for face masks, face shields, gowns, goggles, touchless thermometers, respirators and sanitizing agents
Glenwood City Fire Department: for helmets
Grand View Volunteer Fire Department: for a generator
Grantsburg Fire Department Inc: for a first responder bag
Greenbush Fire Department: for pagers and chargers
Hazel Green Fire Department: for snap-on respirators and face masks
Highland Volunteer Fire Department: for anti-exposure suits, flashlights and jackets
Hollandale First Responders: for a stair chair and scoop stretcher
Howards Grove Fire Department: for a combination rescue tool
Independence Fire Department: for air packs
Kiel Fire Department: for a fire pump skid
Lancaster EMS Inc: for CAPR devices with blower, charger, filter, and battery
Lomira Fire Department: for agear dryer
Lone Rock Rescue: for disposable transport blankets, a UV light, non-disposable half-piece respirators and filters, and disposable plastic isolation gowns
Mayville EMS: for a Nitronox unit
Menomonie Fire Department: for structure fire helmets
Municipal Ambulance Service dba Amery Area EMS: for an IV pump
Muscoda EMS : for AEDs
Neosho Fire Department: for an AED, first responder jump bag, and decontamination equipment
New Chester Township Volunteer Fire Department Incorporated: for an oximeter, and an O2 tank with regulator and bag
Newburg Fire Department: for cleaning supplies, boots, and jumpsuits
Oakdale Area Fire Association: for UVC-LED handheld sterilizer wands
Oakfield Fire Department and EMS: for pagers
Osceola Fire and Rescue: for structure helmets, hoods, and structural fire armor
Potosi Rescue Squad Inc: for powered air purifying respirators, hoods and filters
Poynette-Dekorra EMS: for a UV light system
Prairie Farm - Sheridan Fire Department: for a dump tank
Reeseville Fire Department: for a stokes basket, a saw, batteries and blades
Ridgeway Fire Department: for hand held radios, a suction machine, and turnout gear
Roberts-Warren Fire Department: for defibrillators
Seneca Township Fire Department: for a trailer
Shell Lake Fire Association: for ropes and grain bin rescue equipment
Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department: for pagers
Theresa Fire Department: for a gas meter and hydrogen cyanide meters
Town of Nekimi Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders: for wild land firefighter personal protective equipment
Town of Newton Volunteer Fire Department: for PPE for new members
Tri County Ambulance Service: for full face respirators
Wascott Volunteer Fire Department: for pagers and GPS units
Waupun Fire Department: for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus masks and electrostatic sprayer
Wauzeka Fire Department: for ice rescue suits
Webster Volunteer Fire Department: for a mobile hose testing machine
Western Buffalo County Ambulance Service: for a chest compression system
Whitehall Town of Lincoln Fire Department: for LED stop-slow signs and LED flashlights
Wilton Ambulance Service: for a blood pressure monitor
Wyocena Bureau of Fire: for turnout gear, helmets and pagers
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 agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement. 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 $23.4 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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