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155 Emergency Response Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Awards $450K to Emergency 

Response Departments

155 Emergency Response Grants Awarded in Ill., Minn. and Wis.


Sun Prairie, Wis., (October 15, 2021)  Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 155 grants as part of their Emergency Response Equipment Program, totaling $450,391. 

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. Eight of these grants went directly to COVID-19 related response needs.

The 2021 Emergency Response Equipment Grants will directly impact the lives of 4,043 first responders and will touch the lives of 696,396 rural residents. 

“We are proud to partner with emergency response organizations across our territory, all of which are vital parts of their communities,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “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.”

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded 646 Emergency Response Equipment Grants for a total impact of over $1.7 million. The Fund intends to offer this grant again in August 2022.  

The 155 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving support from the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program include:


Allen Township Fire Protection District: hydraulic pump to operate rescue equipment

Allin Township Fire Protection District: portable radio

Armington Community Fire Protection District: inflatable boat, life jackets and rescue ropes

Bath Fire Protection District: digital repeater, portable digital radios and a mobile digital radio

Bishop Hill Fire Protection District: rescue saw, 4-gas meter and accessories

Blackhawk Fire Protection District: chainsaw, roof saw and battery ram

Blandinsville Hire Fire Department: vital signs machine

Brimfield Community Fire Protection District: battery-operated portable exhaust fans

Carbon Cliff Barstow Fire Protection District: AEDs (automated external defibrillators)

Cass-Putman Rescue Services NFP: AEDs (automated external defibrillators)

Colona Community Fire Department: SPO2 - SPCO monitor

Cuba Fire Protection District: attack line hose and supply line hose

Dakota Fire Protection District: battery-powered chain saw and blower, pagers, and handheld radios

Dallas City Fire Department: quick attack monitor, mounting bracket, and adjustable nozzle

Elba Salem Fire Protection District: gloves and Nomex hoods

Emmet - Chalmers Fire Protection District: AED (automated external defibrillator)

Flanagan Fire Dept: cribbing, stabilizing struts and mounting bracket

Forreston Fire Protection District: power cot

Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District: AEDs (automated external defibrillators)

Havana Rural Fire Dept: 4-gas monitors

Henderson County Ambulance Service - Stronghurst Division: handheld radios and pagers

Hull-Kinderhook Fire Protection District: thermal imaging cameras

Le Roy Community Fire Protection District: leaf blower, backpack water pump, fire flappers, extinguisher sling and brush and fire rakes

Leonore Fire Department: handheld radios

Liberty Fire Protection District: structural firefighting PPE and non-fire rated gloves

Limestone Township Fire Protection District: 4-gas monitor and gas leak detector

Manlius Fire Protection District: portable radios

Maple Park and Countryside FPD: fire helmets

Maquon Fire Protection District: portable fire scene lights and helmet lights

Marseilles Area Ambulance Service: AEDs (automated external defibrillators)

Minier Rescue Squad: radios

Monmouth Fire Department: harnesses and helmets for rope rescue and grain rescue response trailer 

Mt. Hope-Funks Grove FPD: respirator fit testing machine

Oak Run First Responders: marine de-icer, reciprocating saw, light tower, chain saw, floating manikin, and stokes basket cover

Oneida-Wataga Fire Protection District: battery-powered extrication ram

Orangeville Fire Protection District: AED (automated external defibrillator)

Ottawa Rescue Squad Inc: outboard motor

Paw Paw Community Fire Protection District : power cot system

Pearl City Fire Protection District: New extrication equipment

Rapids City Fire Protection District - Port Byron Fire Department: SCBA tanks

Rio Fire Department: rescue saw

Riverside Medical Center: portable radios

Rock City Fire Protection District: high pressure lifting bags

Scales Mound Fire Department: battery powered positive pressure fan

Secor Fire Protection District: bunker gear storage racks

Seneca Fire Protection and Ambulance District: 5-gas monitors

Sublette Fire Protection District: battery operated spreader

Utica Fire Protection District: emergency scene lighting

Walnut Fire Protection District: EMS protective gear

Williamsfield Fire Protection District - Dahinda Department: battery-powered positive pressure ventilation fan

Williamsfield Fire Protection District: battery powered ventilation saw, leaf blowers, and mobile radio


Adams Fire Department: fire helmets

Adrian Ambulance: AED (automated external defibrillator)

Amboy Fire Department: replacement batteries for the Jaws of Life

Arlington Fire Department: AED (automated external defibrillator), pads, trauma bag and supplies

Blackhoof Fire Department: SCBA cylinders

Blooming Prairie Fire Department: portable ground monitors with stream nozzles and stands

Brownton Fire Department: Emergency Medical International pocket tools

City of New Germany Fire Department: portable radios

Cologne Fire and Rescue: airbag lifting equipment

Darfur Fire Department: hose

Dexter Fire Department: turnout gear

Dodge Center Ambulance: 2-way radio

Easton Fire Department: turnout gear

Eyota Volunteer Fire Department: nozzles and hoses

Fairmont Fire Department: ropes, harnesses and rigging equipment

Foley Fire Department: semi-automatic AED (automated external defibrillator)

Freeport Fire Dept: standalone water monitor

Good Thunder Fire Department: turnout gear

Grand Meadow Fire and Rescue: battery powered positive pressure ventilation fan

Greenway Fire and Rescue: water rescue suits

Hanska Fire Department: thermal imaging camera

Harris Volunteer Fire Department: SPO2 monitors, AED (automated external defibrillator), and equipment to restock go bags

Heron Lake Fire Department: pagers

Holland Fire Department: structural turnout gear

Howard Lake Fire and Ambulance: pagers and remote charging stations for handheld radios

Ideal Fire Department: first responder gear bags and equipment

Janesville Fire Department: pagers and chargers, booster hose and nozzle, and suction Unit with disposable canister

Kasota Fire Department: oscillating monitor

Keewatin Fire Department: ventilation fan

Lake Wilson Fire Department: fire hose

Lyle Fire Department: SCBA bottles

Madelia Fire Department: radio

Magnolia Fire and Rescue: gas-powered ventilation fan

Medford Fire Department: firefighter gloves and auto extrication-rescue gloves

Mora Fire Department Relief Association: thermal imaging camera

Nerstrand Fire Department: grain rescue auger and Automated External Defibrillator

North Crow Wing County First Responders: pagers

Ostrander First Responders: upgrading VHF narrow-band radios 

Pierz Area First Response Team: radios and thermometers

Preston Emergency Service: stokes basket and portable radio

Randolph Hampton Fire District: firefighting gloves

Rose Creek Fire Department: SCBA bottles

Rushford Fire Dept: radios, and chainsaws and mounts

Rushmore Fire Dept: turnout gear

Ruthton Volunteer Fire Department: hoses, nozzles, drip torch, and Hooligan tool

Sherburn Fire Department: SCBA holders

Town of French Fire and EMS: turnout gear

Wells Fire Department: battery-powered positive pressure fan

West Concord Fire Department: electric powered hydraulic cutting tool

Westbrook Fire Department: pagers with chargers

Wilmont Fire Department: portable water pump

Windom Ambulance Service: standard and bariatric size vinyl binder lifts


Adell Volunteer Fire Department: turnout gear

Alma Center Community Fire Department: structure bunker gear and structure gloves

Alma Fire Department          : radios

Argyle - Adams Fire Department: breathing air cylinders

Arthur-Cadott-Goetz-Sigel Fire Dept: personal protective gear for firefighters

Ashland Fire Department: radar system

Belmont Fire-Ambulance Protection District: grain rescue tube and rescue auger

Briggsville Fire Department: radios

Caledonia Fire Department: rope rescue kit

Clear Lake Area Ambulance: first response bags and splints

Coloma Fire Department: portable radios

Deer Park Area Fire Department: LED scene lighting

Deer-Grove EMS: AEDs (automated external defibrillators)

Eastman Fire Department: equipment for a grain bin rescue trailer

Eleva Fire Department: turnout gear

Glen Haven Fire Department: turnout gear

Harris Volunteer Fire Department: turnout gear

Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service: pagers

Iron River Ambulance: mobile radio

Knowles Volunteer Fire Department: portable scene lights and battery-operated extrication equipment

Lafayette County EMS: protective helmets

Linden Volunteer Fire Department: positive pressure portable ventilation fan

Lodi Area EMS: pagers

Lyndon Station Fire and Rescue Dept: boots for firefighters

Marengo Valley Fire Department: rescue UTV

Marshall Volunteer Fire Department Inc: voltage detectors

MRPC Ambulance: portable radios

Norwalk Area Fire District: turnout gear

Potter Vol Fire Dept: firefighting boots

Richland County Ambulance Association: heart monitors

Rio Fire Department: tornado siren

Rural Bridgeport-Prairie du Chien Fire Department: turnout gear

Sauk City Volunteer Fire Department-Sauk Fire District: thermal imaging camera

Spring Green Fire Protection District: sonar and camera

Taylor Fire and EMS District: confined air breathing system, short term breathing apparatus

Tilden Volunteer Fire Department: 4 multi-gas meter detector and motorized sample draw pump

Town of Campbell Fire Department: turnout gear dryer

Town of Ixonia Fire and EMS Department: oximeter with SPCO and SPO2 monitoring

Town of Superior Fire Department: ionized combustible gas detector

Town of Vinland Fire Department: personal protective turn gear

Township Fire Dept Inc: underwater remotely operated vehicle

Turtle Lake Fire District: SCBA bottles

Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Inc: combustible gas leak detector

United Fire and Rescue District Inc: portable radios

Utica Volunteer Fire Department: hydraulic ram, halligan bars, utility rope and a set of turnout gear

Van Dyne Volunteer Fire Department: boots

Village of Grafton Fire Department: IV pump

Village of Waterford Fire Department: turnout gear

Viroqua Fire Department: advanced oxygen kits, suction kits, fingertip pulse oximeters, backboard, head immobilizer, and soft stretcher

Westby-Christiana Fire District: structural firefighting helmets

Whitewater Fire Department: battery powered rescue tools

Winter Volunteer Fire Department: hoses, safety equipment, and ladders

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 $25.5 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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