Local first responders awarded Duke Energy Foundation Grant

INDIANA – First responders across Indiana, including local police, fire, and emergency management agencies (EMAs), will benefit from more than $200,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funding will help public safety agencies increase their response capabilities during severe weather and other emergencies through advanced preparation, planning, equipment, and training.

Stan Pinegar

“When severe weather strikes, we rely on strong partnerships with local emergency management and law enforcement agencies to effectively respond and restore power in affected communities,” said Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “These grants will help give first responders the tools and training to respond to emergencies.”

During major and natural disasters, local emergency management agencies are critical in providing information, resources, and support that Duke Energy relies on to speed power restoration for its customers.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Lawrence County EMA$5,500 to purchase a generator that can provide backup power to a Lawrence County EMA facility in an emergency
  • Monroe County EMA$5,500 to offer weather radios to residents
  • Orange County EMA$5,500 to offer weather radios to residents
  • Bartholomew County EMA$8,000 to purchase new water rescue equipment, including a new motor for an airboat
  • Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office$5,000 to support public safety measures and preparations ahead of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024
  • Brown County EMA – $5,500 to help equip a Brown County EMA emergency operations center with computers, monitors, software, and other electrical components
  • Washington County EMA$2,750 to provide weather radios to residents
  • Scott County EMA$2,750 to buy an unmanned aerial vehicle
  • Knox County EMA$11,000 to buy cots and amenities for displaced residents during emergencies
  • City of Brazil Fire Department$7,500 to support the department’s efforts to promote its “Free Smoke Detector Program
  • Cass County EMA$4,000 to sponsor a hazardous materials technician certification course
  • City of Clinton Fire Department – $7,000 to support the department’s water rescue unit with the purchase of a sonar unit, anchors, throw bags, and medical items
  • City of Delphi Police Department$6,500 to support the purchase of a vehicle that can access trails and other confined areas in emergencies
  • City of Greencastle Fire Department$7,500 to fund emergency preparedness and training
  • Clark County EMA$2,750 to purchase a rescue boat that can be used during water rescue emergencies
  • Crawford County EMA$2,750 to provide weather radios to residents
  • Fayette County EMA$10,000 to purchase portable, two-way radios and firefighter breathing apparatus
  • Floyd County EMA$2,750 to offer weather radios to residents
  • Fountain County EMA$2,205 to purchase safety cones that can be used to block restricted areas
  • Franklin County EMA$10,000 to fund new equipment and training, including an unmanned aerial vehicle with thermal and infrared technology, water rescue equipment, and mass sheltering items such as cots and personal care kits
  • Fulton County EMA$5,000 to conduct a hazardous materials tabletop exercise
  • Gibson County EMA$11,000 to provide education and training for first responders
  • Hamilton County EMA$10,000 to enhance community outreach and preparedness education 
  • Harrison County EMA$2,750 to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be deployed in planning and response operations
  • Huntington County EMA$5,000 to buy various supplies and equipment, including uniforms
  • Jefferson County EMA$2,799 to purchase an unmanned aerial vehicle
  • Jennings County EMA$5,000 to equip the department’s disaster response vehicle with a thermal imaging camera and provide weather alert radios to residents
  • Montgomery County Emergency Response Team – $6,785 to support the purchase of an enclosed trailer equipped with thermal blankets, cooling towels, an electric kettle, instant hot packs, an electric heater, and other supplies that support firefighter rehabilitation
  • Switzerland County EMA$9,000 to purchase firefighter equipment
  • Tippecanoe County Surveyor’s Office$6,510 to buy rescue helmets
  • Town of Avon Police Department$22,000 to equip patrol vehicles with AEDs
  • Town of Cambridge City Fire Department$3,500 to purchase new firefighter boots
  • Town of Converse Volunteer Fire Company$10,000 to buy a thermal imaging camera
  • Town of Dunreith Fire Department$4,000 to purchase new firefighter boots

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes over $2 million annually in charitable gifts to Indiana and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/Foundation.

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 890,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.