Why We Seek Grants
As we all know prices continue to increase on nearly everything in daily life. Equipment that is used in the Fire, Rescue and EMS services are no exception. We are very grateful to those in our community who donate to us during our annual fund drive as well as other times throughout the year, however only about 23% of those who live in our community do so which is not sufficient for us to continue to upgrade equipment and continually train our personnel.
Fairview Fire & Rescue strives to continually improve our skills and equipment in order to provide the best possible public safety services to our community and assist our neighboring communities. Technology for use in public safety continues to change and we do everything we can to keep up with the times in order to keep you safe.
This year we were fortunate to be awarded $21,000. These funds will be put to use to upgrade our pagers so our personnel have better communications equipment to get notified of emergency calls. Additionally we will be getting better protective equipment for our fire police personnel, these are our personnel who undertake the thankless task of directing traffic during our incidents to keep us and equipment safe as well as keep traffic flowing smoothly and safety as possible. Some of the funds will even be used to pay off some debt on the loan balance that we have for the purchase of the ambulance we purchased last year.
We have just been notified that we have also been awarded nearly $20,000 from Highmark Insurance which will be for the purchase of a Stryker power loading system for our ambulance.
This is an apparatus that we have desired for several years and now will have the ability to purchase. It is device that helps loading our patients in to our ambulance and provide additional safety for the patient and our crew. It will securely lock the stretcher in our ambulance even more securely than is already possible as well as make it safer for the patient and our personnel when putting the patient in while on scene and removing them once at the hospital.