163 Rural Response Units Get Some Financial Help

Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 163 grants as part of their Emergency Response Equipment Program, totaling $450,134.

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. 54 of these grants, totaling $144,166 were for COVID-19 related response needs.

These grants will directly impact the lives of 4,333 people and will touch the lives of over 1 million rural residents.

“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,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “COVID-19 continues to impact rural communities, and making sure first responders are equipped to respond safely was an important part of this grant cycle.  We are proud to partner with these vital organizations for these variety of needs.”

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded Emergency Response Equipment Grants to 492 agencies for a total impact of over $1.3 million. The Fund intends to offer this grant again in August 2021 to provide funding for late 2021. 

The 163 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving support from the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program include:


Ada Fire Department: for portable scene lights

Allied Emergency Services Inc: for a  personal protective gear dryer

Augusta Bridge Creek Fire Department: for backboards, foam splints, tape and other medical supplies

Baraboo Fire Department: for swift water rescue equipment

Birchwood Four Corners Emergency Services District: for powered air purifying respirators and filters

Bloomer Community Ambulance: for a cardiac monitor

Bloomington Fire Department: for turnout gear

Blue River Fire Department: for a combination extrication tool

Boyceville Community Ambulance District: for a portable suction unit

Boyceville Community Fire District: for a positive pressure ventilation fan

Browntown, Cadiz, Jordan Fire District: for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus tanks

Campbellsport Volunteer Fire Department: for an automated external defibrillator

Cashton Area Fire Protection District: for turnout gear

Cassville Fire and Rescue Inc: for extrication equipment

Cataract First Responders: for grain bin rescue equipment

Chilton Fire Department: for wireless tablets

Chippewa Fire District: for airbags and associated equipment

Dane County EMS District 14: for sanitation equipment

Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department: for extrication equipment

Dodgeville Fire Department: for flame resistance masks with filtration and sanitizing misting machine

Doylestown Fire Department: for high-visibility vests, LED blinking stop-slow paddles, and auto-crib jacks

Eldorado Emergency Medical Responders: for pagers

Elmwood Area Ambulance Service: for radios

Genoa Harmony Fire Department: for face masks, face shields, gowns, goggles, touchless thermometers, respirators and sanitizing agents

Glenwood City Fire Department: for helmets

Grand View Volunteer Fire Department: for a generator

Grantsburg Fire Department Inc: for a first responder bag

Greenbush Fire Department: for pagers and chargers

Hazel Green Fire Department: for snap-on respirators and face masks

Highland Volunteer Fire Department: for anti-exposure suits, flashlights and jackets

Hollandale First Responders: for a stair chair and scoop stretcher

Howards Grove Fire Department: for a combination rescue tool

Independence Fire Department: for air packs

Kiel Fire Department: for a fire pump skid

Lancaster EMS Inc: for CAPR devices with blower, charger, filter, and battery

Lomira Fire Department: for agear dryer

Lone Rock Rescue: for disposable transport blankets, a UV light, non-disposable half-piece respirators and filters, and disposable plastic isolation gowns

Mayville EMS: for a Nitronox unit

Menomonie Fire Department: for structure fire helmets

Municipal Ambulance Service dba Amery Area EMS: for an IV pump

Muscoda EMS : for AEDs

Neosho Fire Department: for an AED, first responder jump bag, and decontamination equipment

New Chester Township Volunteer Fire Department Incorporated: for an oximeter, and an O2 tank with regulator and bag

Newburg Fire Department: for cleaning supplies, boots, and jumpsuits

Oakdale Area Fire Association: for UVC-LED handheld sterilizer wands

Oakfield Fire Department and EMS: for pagers

Osceola Fire and Rescue: for structure helmets, hoods, and structural fire armor

Potosi Rescue Squad Inc: for powered air purifying respirators, hoods and filters

Poynette-Dekorra EMS: for a UV light system

Prairie Farm – Sheridan Fire Department: for a dump tank

Reeseville Fire Department: for a stokes basket, a saw, batteries and blades

Ridgeway Fire Department: for hand held radios, a suction machine, and turnout gear

Roberts-Warren Fire Department: for defibrillators

Seneca Township Fire Department: for a trailer

Shell Lake Fire Association: for ropes and grain bin rescue equipment

Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department: for pagers

Theresa Fire Department: for a gas meter and hydrogen cyanide meters

Town of Nekimi Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders: for wild land firefighter personal protective equipment

Town of Newton Volunteer Fire Department: for PPE for new members

Tri County Ambulance Service: for full face respirators

Wascott Volunteer Fire Department: for pagers and GPS units

Waupun Fire Department: for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus masks and electrostatic sprayer

Wauzeka Fire Department: for ice rescue suits

Webster Volunteer Fire Department: for a mobile hose testing machine

Western Buffalo County Ambulance Service: for a chest compression system

Whitehall Town of Lincoln Fire Department: for LED stop-slow signs and LED flashlights

Wilton Ambulance Service: for a blood pressure monitor

Wyocena Bureau of Fire: for turnout gear, helmets and pagers


Adams Area Ambulance Service: for a defibrillator monitor

Alden Volunteer Fire Department: for SCBA bottles

Balsam Township Volunteer Fire Department: for personal protective equipment

Blue Earth Fire and Rescue: for a battery powered positive pressure fan

Brainerd Fire Department: for personal protective equipment heat protection and flame resistant firefighting hoods

Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department: for structural firefighting turnout gear

Buffalo Fire Department: for pagers

Buffalo Lake Ambulance: for PPE and sanitization equipment

Caledonia Ambulance Service: for tables and chairs for training department and EKG generator

Chain of Lakes Fire and Rescue District: for pagers

City of Victoria Fire Department: for reusable isolation gowns

City of Winnebago: for an EKG machines

Deerwood Fire Department: for SCBA bottles

Delavan Fire Department: for radios

Elysian Fire Department: for turnout gear

Frost Fire Department: for accountability tags

Fulda Community Ambulance Association: for a washer and dryer, water softener and storage containers

Garvin Fire Department: for fire coat and bunker pant set

Gaylord Ambulance: for N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, sneeze guards, face shields, disinfectant and hi visibility vests

Glenville Fire Department: for structural turnout gear sets

Grand Lake Fire Department: for medical bags, glucometers, and SPCO monitor

Grand Meadow Area Ambulance: for wireless gateways

Green Isle Fire and Rescue: for a  gear dryer

Hayfield Community Ambulance: for cleaning supplies, N95 and surgical masks

Henderson Fire Department: for masks, gowns, eye protection, gloves and fire fighter gear

Holland 1st Responders: for gas monitors, face shields, masks, gloves, aprons, safety vests, and road flares

Jordan Fire Department: for a rescue boat

Kiester Fire Department: for turnout gear

Lakefield Fire Department: for a portable heavy duty air bag kit

Le Center Fire Department: for turnout gear

LeRoy Area Ambulance: for COVID-related supplies and radio equipment

Lester Prairie Fire Department: for battery operated blowers, battery operated angle grinder, set of hand tools and storage chest, and portable LED scene lights

LeSueur Fire Department: for a battery operated heat transfer fan

Lewiston Ambulance: for a stair chair

Linwood Fire Department: for a portable turnout gear dryer

Lismore Fire and Rescue: for pagers and radio

Maple Lake Fire – Ambulance: for SCBA respirator and cartridges

Melrose Fire Department: for handheld radios

Minnesota City Fire and Rescue: for turnout gear

MLMB 1st Response Team: for a Zoll AED, epi pens, Narcan, tourniquets, and emergency airway and PPE

Montrose Fire Department: for traffic safety equipment: cones, stop-slow signs; water rescue equipment: throw ropes, life jackets, and misc rescue equip; medical response equipment: personal protection equipment and first aid medical equipment supplies

Normanna Volunteer Fire Department: for medical equipment, bags, supplies, and safety vests

North Star Township Fire and EMS: for turnout gearand fire hose

Norwood Young America Fire Department: for medical response suits

Okabena Fire Department: for fire hoses

Ormsby Fire Department: for nozzles

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department: for an off-road utility vehicle

Rushford Community Ambulance: for a power load mechanism for a cot

Saint Clair Fire Department: for a thermal imaging camera

Sauk Centre Fire Department : for air bags

South Aitkin First Responders: for masks, gloves, face shields, sanitizer, training mannequin and other training equipment

Spring Grove Ambulance Inc: for N95s, surgical masks, face shields, gowns, no touch thermometer, UV cleaning light, gloves, goggles, hand sanitizer, and bleach

Springfield Volunteer Fire Department: for handheld radios

St. Charles Fire and Rescue: for a ladder and canopy tent

St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad: for swift-water rescue kits

Tower Area Ambulance Service: for a Capnography unit

Truman Fire and Rescue: for helmets

Walnut Grove Fire Department: for helmets, boots, coat and bunker pants


Apple River Fire Department: for a grain bin rescue system and related training

Beecher Fire Protection District: for tactical responder hi-vis parkas with blood borne pathogen protection

Brown County Ambulance Service: for Automated External Defibrillators

Browning Fire Department: for pagers

Bureau Fire Protection District: for grain bin rescue equipment – stokes basket with harness, rope rescue kit, harness, ropes, carabiners, ascenders, straps, pulleys and webbing

Cameron Fire Department: for surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves, disposable gowns, and thermal cameras

Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District: for aluminum house number signs

Crete Fire Protection District: for thermal imaging cameras

East Galesburg Volunteer Fire Department: for a generator, sawzall, 5-gas meter, and auto extraction gloves

Easton Rural Fire Protection District: for bunker gear

Erie Fire Protection District: for a  gear washing system

Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District: for a gear extractor

FSW Fire Protection District: for a gear washer

Good Hope-Sciota Fire Protection District: for portable radios, halligan tools and axes

Griggsville Fire Department: for sanitizer and dispenser, masks, gloves, gear wash, fogger with solution, thermometers, and UV light

Leaf River Fire Protection District: for portable radios

LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service Inc.: for UV lights and UV glasses

MABAS Division 25 Swift Water Rescue Team: for dry suits

Manteno Community Fire Protection District: for rescue evac bags, rescue helmets, helmet lights, harnesses, and rescue gloves

Marseilles Fire Protection District: for backpack blowers, firefighter boots and wildland fire jackets

Mazon Verona Kinsman Rescue Squad District: for a light bar for the ambulance

Mount Carroll Fire Protection District: for portable radios and a thermal imaging camera

Mount Sterling Fire Department – Brown County Fire Protection District: for a headset intercom system for the fire engine

Polo Fire Protection District: for new computers

Pontiac Fire Department: for personal protective equipment for new members

Reading Fire Department: for medical equipment and turnout gear

Reynolds Fire Protection District: for new turnout gear

Rockton Fire Protection District: for new cardiac monitors

Sandwich Fire Department: for landing zone kits

Schuyler Fire District: for gloves and gas leak detector

Sheridan Community Fire Protection District: for gloves, masks, disposable lifter sheets, gowns, and face shields

Smithfield Fire Protection District: for pagers and radios

Somonauk Fire Protection District: for full face piece respirators

Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District: formulti-gas detectors

Washburn Fire Department: for SCBA masks and hoods

Wenona Fire Protection District: for boots

Wonder Lake Fire Protection District: for protective gear