HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

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About the HERO Campaign

The Oregon Office of Rural Health HERO campaign raises funds to help rural and frontier Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteers pay for their training.

If you represent a rural EMS agency that wishes to conduct an in-house training, and perhaps include EMS personnel from surrounding communities, this grant is for you. Funds may also be used to send staff to training that cannot be offered locally. You may apply for funding for any training class or exercise completed within the next 12 months.

*Please note that you must be located in a rural or frontier area and recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system.

Since 2010, the HERO grant program has made 219 individual awards and 53 agency awards to conduct local trainings for their staff – a total of $230,012 distributed!

How You Can Help

Contribute today and help ensure that no matter what corner of our state you visit, you can expect a prompt EMS response.

The OHSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is the repository for all private grants and charitable donations in support of OHSU. The Taxpayer Identification number is 23-7083114. 100% of donations to the HERO campaign go directly toward the rural volunteer EMS grant program.

2018 HERO Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Cycles

Second Round of HERO EMS Agency Training Grants Awarded for 2018!

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce the awardees for the second round of HERO EMS Agency Training Grants for 2018:

  1. Butte Falls Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  2. Christmas Valley Rural Fire Department
  3. Kellogg Rural Fire District
  4. North Lake County EMS
  5. Paisley Disaster Unit

Agencies submitted competitive applications for awards of up to $2,500. The Office of Rural Health received many excellent applications from rural and frontier agencies across the state, and encourages applicants who were not funded during this cycle to apply in future.

For Questions About the HERO Campaign or Award Program Please Contact

Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-4450

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