$11K awarded to 6 MN fire departments to help strengthen public safety

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota Energy Resources has awarded $11,000 to six state fire departments to help first responders strengthen public safety.

The funding is part of the Minnesota Energy Resources Rewarding Responders Grant program.

The money will help each of the fire departments purchase lifesaving equipment.

The 2022 grant recipients and equipment are below:

  • Zumbrota Fire Department – gas monitoring equipment
  • Pine Island Fire Department – automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Elko New Market Fire and Rescue – medical training supplies
  • Park Rapids Fire Department – thermal imaging camera
  • Sanborn Fire Department – supplemental contained breathing apparatus mask (SCBA)
  • Solway Volunteer Fire Department – firefighting nozzles

Since 2015, Minnesota Energy Resources has donated more than $85,000 through its Rewarding Responders Grant program.

More than 50 police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments across Minnesota have received grants to improve public safety in their communities.

“As the first ones called in to deal with gas and carbon monoxide leaks, we greatly appreciate Minnesota Energy Resources’ commitment to providing us with the equipment we need to do our job safely,” said Mike Boraas, Zumbrota fire chief.

“We are pleased to support the brave individuals who work tirelessly to create a brighter future for our communities,” said Nick Krzeminski, vice president — Minnesota Energy Resources. “Our first responders race toward danger and distress every day. We’re honored to help provide these vital tools to keep everyone safe.”

To learn more about the grant and qualifications, CLICK HERE.