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Emergency Response Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Awards $746K to Emergency Response Departments

Emergency Response Equipment Grants Awarded to Departments 

in Ill., Minn. and Wis.


Sun Prairie, Wis., (October 12, 2022)  Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 177 grants as part of their Emergency Response Equipment Program, including 15 new collaboration grants for equipment shared by multiple departments. 

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. Additionally, the new Emergency Response Equipment Collaboration Grant highlighted the critical need for teamwork between volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance departments when responding to emergencies. 

 “We know rural departments often share resources and important pieces of life-saving equipment,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist with Compeer Financial. “The spirit of collaboration is strong for emergency departments across Compeer’s territory and we hope these grants can help impact even more lives. First responders give so much when people are in need, and these tools and resources will help in critical situations.”

The 2022 Emergency Response Equipment Collaboration Grants are for up to $10,000; and will directly impact 41 collaborating departments, 872 department members, 3,239 square miles of coverage and 121,007 residents. This year was the first time this grant was offered.

The departments receiving the Emergency Response Collaboration Grants include:


  • Manlius Fire Protection District & Sheffield Fire Protection District: battery-operated extrication spreader
  • Schuyler County EMS & Schuyler County Rescue Squad: mechanical chest compression system
  • Sheridan Community Fire Protection District & Serena Community Fire Protection District: mechanical chest compression system
  • Sublette Fire Protection District & West Brooklyn Fire Protection District: mechanical chest compression system
  • Toluca-Rutland Fire Protection District, Wenona Fire Protection District, Lostant Fire Protection District & Minonk Fire Protection District: respirator fit testing machine


  • Dovray Fire Department & Westbrook Fire Department: battery-operated combination auto extrication spreader and cutter
  • Gibbon Fire and Rescue & Green Isle Fire and Rescue: respirator fit testing machine
  • Randolph-Hampton Fire Department & Cannon Falls Fire Department: hose tester
  • Spring Grove Fire Department, Spring Grove Ambulance & Eitzen Fire Department: stackable airbags for controlled lifting


  • Alma Center Community Fire Department & Merrillan Volunteer Fire Department: battery-operated extrication spreader
  • Burnett Fire Department & Horicon Fire Department: extrication ram
  • Menomonie Fire Department, Boyceville EMS, Colfax Ambulance & Elmwood EMS: mechanical chest compression system
  • Rio Fire Department, Wyocena Fire Department & Doylestown Fire Department: breathing air compressor
  • Sharon Fire and Rescue, Darien Fire and EMS Department, Walworth Fire and EMS Department & Medic 391 – Shared Paramedic Ambulance Service:  battery-operated combination spreader/cutter extrication tool
  • Town of Campbell Fire Department & La Crescent Fire Department: respirator fit testing machine

Additionally, 162 individual departments received Emergency Response Equipment Grants for up to $4,000. Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded 808 Emergency Response Equipment Grants totaling $2.4 million. 

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


Alexis Fire Protection District: handheld radios, pagers, vests

B.Y.E. Ambulance Service Inc: cardiac-defibrillator monitor

Big Rock Fire Protection District: replacing AEDs

Bloomington Township Fire Protection District: thermal imaging camera

Bowen Fire Protection District: SCBA tanks, flashlights and helmet lights

Buckheart Township Fire Protection District: a portable radio and a truck radio

Carlock Fire Protection District: nozzles

Cedarville Fire Department: battery powered smoke ejector

City of Ottawa Fire Department: forestry hose, nozzles, flappers, brooms and rakes

Colchester Fire Protection District: battery powered hydraulic extrication cutters, spreaders, and a dash ram

Compton Fire Protection District: battery operated positive pressure fan

Creve Coeur Fire Department: AED

Dalzell Fire Protection District: nozzles, hydrant valve, and hose

Deer Creek Protection District: turnout coat, pant, helmet, fire boots, fire resistant hood

Dunlap Fire Protection District: winch system, rope rescue system, thermal imaging camera, and gas multi meter

Elizabeth Community Ambulance Service: vacuum splints and traction splints

Elmwood Fire Department: portable radios

Fairbury Fire Department: multi gas monitor and calibration kit 

Farmington Fire Protection District: thermal imager bundle and flashlights

Forman Fire Protection District: wildland gear and helmet

Geneseo Fire Protection District: hoods

German Valley Fire Protection District: portable radios

Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department: thermal imaging camera

Gridley Emergency Medical Service: portable suctions, medication bag, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and monitors

Hillsdale Fire Protection District: grain bin rescue auger, LED tower light, battery, chargers

Kaneville Fire Protection District: gas monitors and testing kit

Lena Fire Protection District: respirator fit testing system with bluetooth

Loraine Fire Protection District: hermal imaging cameras

Lyndon Fire Department: vehicle stabilization strut package

M.S.T. Fire Department: handheld radios and pagers

Mendon Fire Protection District: Grain bin rescue equipment: ropes, pulleys, harnesses, and carabiners

Milledgeville Fire Department: radios, batteries, microphones, and chargers

Mt. Morris Fire Protection District: structural turnout gear

Naplate Fire Department: AEDs 

Nauvoo Fire Protection District: SCBAs

North Boone Fire District 3: a thermal imager

Oneida-Wataga Fire Protection District - Oneida Station: portable radios

Oregon Fire Protection District: rope, pulleys and stokes basket

Osco Fire Department: ground monitor

Polo Fire Protection District: battery powered extrication equipment

Princeton Fire Department: gloves and hoods

Prophetstown Fire Department: truck mounted scene lights

Randolph Township Fire Protection District: stabilizer and mounts to hydraulic spreaders, strut Jacks, glass cutter and chains

Raritan Volunteer Fire Department: handheld thermal imagers

Roanoke Fire Protection District Roanoke Ambulance Department: laptops and covers, battery charger 

Salina Township Fire Protection District: air monitoring equipment and calibration equipment

Shabbona Fire Department: radio straps and holsters

Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service: radios 

Stillman Fire Protection District: battery operated extrication combination tool 

Stockton Fire Protection District: portable radios

Toluca-Rutland Fire Protection District: portable radios with charging bases and speaker microphones

Village of Dwight EMS: AED, EMS trauma bags, medication bag and supplies

West Point Fire Protection District: new firefighter gear


Albany Fire and Rescue: harness, roping and retrieval equipment

Bricelyn Fire and Ambulance: pagers and a handheld radio

Butterfield Fire Department: structural turnout gear

Chandler Fire Department: new SCBA sets

Cokato Fire Department: turnout gear

Conger Fire Department: SCBA bottles

Cook Area Ambulance Service: pagers

Courtland Rural Fire Association: new pagers

Cromwell-Wright Area Fire District: a thermal imaging camera

Eagle Lake Fire Department: extrication-lifting air bags, controller and hoses kit

Eden Valley Fire and Rescue: boots, EPI pens, and soft cots

Ellendale Fire and Rescue: AED, fire and extrication gloves

Ellsworth Volunteer Fire Department: ground monitor, visibility safety vests, LED flashlights

Elrosa Fire and Rescue: pagers

Garrison Fire and Rescue: a patient monitor and extrication gloves 

Gibbon Fire and Rescue: fans, hand tools, power tools 

Glencoe Fire Department: positive pressure fan

Goodview Fire and Rescue: new bottles for self-contained breathing apparatus

Granada First Responders: AED, pads, child key, replacement batteries, bandages, stop the bleed kits, gloves, roll gauze, quick clot, surgical tape, and wrap

Hills Fire Department: pagers

Houston Community Ambulance Service: chest compression system

Jackson Volunteer Ambulance Service: portable radio and programming

Kilkenny Fire Department: pagers

LeRoy Fire Department: lights, sirens, and radios

Mantorville Fire and Rescue: digital pagers

Mazeppa Fire Department: thermal image camera

Miesville Fire Department: water movement equipment, structural turnout gear and PPE

Minnesota Lake Fire Department: grain rescuing equipment

Murray County Ambulance: pagers and handheld radio

Myrtle Community Fire Department: new turnout gear

New Auburn Fire and Rescue: hose, valve, and nozzles

New Prague Fire Department: extractor for washing turnout gear

New Ulm Fire Department: extrication rescue tools

Odin Fire Department: automatic external defibrillators, CPR electrodes, batteries

Oronoco Fire Department: pagers

Ostrander Rural Fire Department: hose, nozzles and a valve

Pierz Fire Department: portable radio with wire shoulder mount speaker and charging mount 

Pine City Fire Department: grain and low angle rescue equipment

Pipestone Ambulance Association: computer docking stations and mounts 

Round Lake Volunteer Fire Department: nozzles and a deck gun

Shafer Franconia Fire and Rescue: new pagers

Spring Grove Fire Department: hoods and fire gloves

Spring Valley Area Ambulance: radios and charging stations

St. Charles Ambulance Service: wireless router, antenna, mounting brackets and installation

St. Martin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department: portable pump

Upsala First Response Team-EMS: reusable triage tarps, sharps containers, patient transporter, transport chair, airway support straps, suction canister, gloves, I-Gel bag, thermometer, band-aids, suction cups, caution tape, alcohol prep pads, splints, and bandages

Waldorf Fire and Rescue: hose and fittings

Walters Volunteer Fire Department: new helmets 

Watertown Fire Department: mobile radios 

Wilson Volunteer Fire Department: new masks and straps for SCBAs

Windom Volunteer Fire Department: drop tank liners

Winnebago Fire Department: new sets of turnout gear

Winsted Fire Department: grain bin rescue auger and drill kit

Zumbrota Area Ambulance: a portable radio

Zumbrota Fire Department: new air bottles for self-contained breathing apparatus packs


Allenton Volunteer Fire Department: hose, high angle rescue equipment; pullies, anchor plates, carabiners

Arcadia Ambulance Service: pagers

Barnes Fire Department: car fire blanket

Barneveld Area Rescue Squad: helmet lamps, patient lifting kit, suction unit

Bear Lake-Haugen Fire Department: CO detectors, structural firefighting gloves

Blanchardville Fire Department: positive pressure fan 

Boyd-Edson-Delmar Rural Fire District: supply, fill oxygen manifold

Brandon Fairwater Fire Department: new sets of turnout gear

Brodhead Area Emergency Medical Services: mobile radios, hand-held portable radios with shoulder mic 

Burnett Fire Department: firefighter turnout gear

Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department: mobile and portable radio upgrades

Colfax Rescue: pagers

Cornell Area Fire Department: portable radios

Darien Fire-EMS Department: emergency scene signs, traffic safety vests, lighted traffic safety cones, traffic control signs

Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department: supply hose, coupling, fire attack hose

Elkhart Lake First Responders: EMT bags

Evansville Fire Protection District: circular saw and blades

Fall River Fire Department: turnout gear

Farmington Volunteer Fire Department: LED emergency scene lighting systems 

Friesland Fire Department: new pagers 

Glenwood City Ambulance: AED 

Gratiot Fire Department: grain bin rescue equipment

Harrison Fire Rescue: portable scene lights

Herbster Volunteer Fire Department: SCBA

Hollandale Fire Department: positive pressure ventilation fan

Iron Ridge Fire Department: structural fire gloves, extrication gloves, hoods 

Kohlsville Volunteer Fire Company: extractor and gear dryer

Lebanon Fire Department: pagers with a battery and charger

Livingston-Clifton Fire Department: turnout gear 

Loganville Area Fire Department: SCBA facepieces

Lund Fire Department: grain bin rescue system

Melrose Fire Department: hose

Milltown Community Fire Association: thermal imaging camera

Montello Joint Fire District: hose 

Omro-Rushford Fire Department: air compressor and wildland fire pump

Osseo Rural Fire District: thermal imaging cameras

Platteville Fire Department Inc: hydrant valves

Poplar Volunteer Fire Department: manifold and hoses

Prairie du Sac Volunteer Fire Department: portable radio and pagers

Princeton Volunteer Fire and Rescue: gear and equipment dryer 

Richland Center Fire Department: gas meter, incident command boards

Rusk County Ambulance: EMR bags and equipment

Sheldon Fire Protection District: ice rescue suits, PFD, helmet, headlamp, rescue throw bag, rescue awls, ice cleats, command board, and accountability tags

South Shore EMS: pagers, radio batteries, and computer with docking station

Stoddard Bergen Volunteer Fire Department: nozzles 

Town of Burlington Volunteer Fire Department: portable tower light charger kits, tool combo kits 

Town of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department: rescue air bags 

Tri Community Fire Department: portable radios

Village of Saukville Fire Department: safety vests, suction units

Waumandee Montana Lincoln Fire Department: grain bin rescue system, platform, step and pipe, grain bin auger, and power unit

Wauzeka First Responders: blood pressure monitor, carrying case, rescue throw ropes

Westfield Fire Department: firefighting boots

Wilton Volunteer Fire Department: structural fire turnout gear

Wonewoc Fire and Ambulance: hose

The Fund intends to offer both of these grants again in August 2023.  

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 $27.3 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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