HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon
(Formerly known as the Apple A Day Campaign)
noun | he-ro | \’hir-(,)Ō\
: A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities;
: HERO; Helping EMS in rural Oregon; a rural EMS grant program
Did you know?
In some parts of the great state of Oregon, a call to 9-1-1 means an ambulance is mere minutes away. But in many rural parts of our state, ambulances aren’t close by and the emergency medical service (EMS) providers are volunteers. Without these volunteers, the response to a 9-1-1 call could be hours away.
These volunteers are truly HEROS. They give their own time away from their jobs and families to respond to emergencies – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These volunteers pay out of their own pockets to get their EMS training and maintain their certification. These costs have increasingly become a hardship and the number of people able to volunteer is declining. They need your help.
About the HERO Campaign
The Oregon Office of Rural Health, through its HERO campaign, raises funds to help these volunteers pay for their EMS training.
Since 2010, the HERO program has made 219 individual grant awards to rural Oregon EMS volunteers to help pay for their training, and 44 grant awards to rural EMS agencies to conduct local trainings for their staff – a total of $212,513 distributed!
How you can help
You can help us make the 2017 HERO campaign the most successful yet! Contribute today and help ensure that no matter what corner of our state you visit, you can expect a prompt response if you ever need to dial 9-1-1. Individuals and organizations can make contributions all year long right here on our website. If you want additional information about the HERO campaign or other ways to contribute, contact our office at 503-494-4450.
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
If you represent a rural EMS agency that would like to conduct an in-house training for your staff, and perhaps invite other EMS personnel from surrounding communities, this grant is for you! These funds may also be used to send staff to training that cannot be offered locally.
Please note that you must be located in a rural 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. You may request funding for any training class or exercise you plan to complete within the next 12 months.
- Applications distributed: Monday, March 5
- Applications due: Monday, April 2
- Award notifications: Friday, April 27 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)
The Oregon Office of Rural Health was able to award agency training grant awards to five different rural Oregon agencies in Cycle 7:
- Western Lane Ambulance District received funds to help with the cost of EMT-Basic training for local and mutual aid agency volunteers
- Harbor Rural Protection District received funds to send two of their volunteers for EMT training
- Myrtle Point Ambulance received funds to conduct a local EMR class for 12 local and neighboring volunteers
- Falls City Fire & EMS received funds to conduct a local EMR class for up to 10 local and neighboring volunteers
- Chiloquin Fire & Rescue received funds to help with the cost of hosting a multi-agency mass casualty incident training
Contact Lindsay Kvamme | email@example.com | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376 | if you would like to be included on the mailing list for future HERO Agency Training Grants.