HURON – Hoosier Uplands has donated $9,000 to the Huron Volunteer Fire Department to purchase safety equipment through their Public Safety Improvement Grant program.
The program focuses on pressing needs for local first responders on a case-by-case basis to help provide funding for projects that these departments may have or want to pursue, in the five counties served by Hoosier Uplands.
As part of this $9,000 donation, the Huron VFD will be purchasing two thermal imaging cameras to help locate any potential victims quickly, and a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) bag to make quick rescues of trapped fire victims or firefighters themselves.
David Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Hoosier Uplands said local first responders who need assistance in acquiring additional funding for needed equipment just need to reach out and apply.
“With this program, local departments apply for the grant that can range from a few thousand dollars, to even upwards of $15,000. We then review the applications and determine which department would make the best use of our donation.”
These grants have gone towards helping many different groups since their inception and will continue to help those who apply, while they are able to.
“We have helped multiple different departments and first responders since starting this program in 2019 including the Orleans Fire Department, Paoli Fire Department, Salem Police Department, and the Lawrence County Prosecutors office, to name a few.”
Bill Kinser Fire Chief Huron Volunteer Fire Department is grateful for the donation for the much needed equipment.