Purchasing an AED can be a bit of a financial challenge for some. The importance is understood, the need is there, but sometimes the money just is not. At AED Superstore, we are always looking for ways to help communities place more AEDs where they can do the most good. This is why we are offering a $2000 grant twice each year to those in need. The grant is designed to ensure the recipient has the funds to purchase any of the AEDs offered by AED Superstore, along with the supplies and accessories necessary to begin an AED program. We received hundreds of applications for our first grant award and have read them all over and over again. Choosing just one proved to be more difficult than we ever anticipated, and while we wish we could award the money to everyone, we were finally able to narrow it down to just one.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our $2000 AED grant:
Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Department in Fort Jones, California
According to their application, they respond to approximately 500 emergency incidents each year and 75% of those incidents are EMS. They are located in a rural setting with the first arriving ambulance approximately 20 minutes away, and their base hospital is located 25 miles away. Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Department is the sole EMS provider for 849 square miles of rugged terrain including the Pacific Crest Trail. To make up for the shortfall in funding from the city, operating dollars come from their non profit Fire Department Association which holds fundraising community functions such as bake sales to get donations to run the department. Their current AED is so old they cannot find parts for it.
Congratulations, Fort Jones Volunteer Fire Department!
To learn more about our winners, you can visit their website at www.fortjonesfire.com!
We are now taking applications for our next grant to be awarded in June 2017. You can find more information here.