|Bourbonnais Fire Protection District receives Compeer Financial "Emergency Response Equipment Grant"|
|By Member Ed St. Louis|
|February 6, 2020|
For Immediate Release
Compeer Financial Awards $147K in Emergency Response Equipment Grants
Normal, Ill., (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 Grant Program, totaling $448,544. Fifty-one Illinois departments received over $147,000 in grant funding.
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. The 165 grants will directly impact the lives of 4,247 first responders and will touch the lives of over 631,360 rural residents across Compeer Financial’s territory.
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. The Fund intends to offer this grant again in August 2020.
The 51 Illinois organizations receiving support to purchase equipment from the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program include:
Abingdon Fire Protection District: a new generator lamp unit and power adapter supply plug
Benson Fire Department: new helmet lights
Cedar Point Fire Department: storz fittings and hydrant equipment
Deer Creek Fire Protection District: water back packs, backpack leaf blowers and a fire broom
Ellsworth Fire Protection District: Kevlar lined boots
Farmington Community Fire Protection District: wireless headsets and tablets
German Valley Fire Protection District: new fire hose
Hooppole Fire Department: first responder coats, duty uniforms, signage, and safety equipment
Kirkland Community Fire District: rescue jacks, hydraulic spreaders and a power cot
MABAS Division 29: new AEDs
Naplate Fire Department: to purchase and install new turnout gear lockers
Ohio Volunteer Fire Department: extrication tools
Payson Fall Creek Fire Protection District: handheld radios with speaker microphones
Raritan Volunteer Fire Department: new scanners
Salina Township Fire Protection District: a new vehicle radio
Toluca-Rutland Fire Protection District: helmet mounted flashlights
Versailles Fire Protection District: extrication gloves, a Halligan tool, and protective outerwear
West Peoria Fire Protection District: Zoll ResQPumps
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 Compeer.com/giving-back.
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.