HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

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(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, this campaign has made 214 individual grant awards to rural Oregon EMS volunteers to help pay for their training, and 46 grant awards to rural EMS agencies to conduct local trainings for their staff – a total of $200,805 distributed! The 2016 campaign raised over $15,000, which will be distributed during calendar year 2017.

How you can help

You can help us make the 2016 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.

HERO 2017 Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Cycles

Individual Grant Eligibility Requirements

Please see this for the eligibility requirements

2017 individual grant cycle dates are as follows:

Cycle 18

  • Applications distributed: Monday, January 2
  • Applications due: Monday, February 6
  • Award notifications: Friday, March 3 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)
  • Cycle 18 is now closed

Cycle 19

Contact Lindsay Kvamme | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376 | if you would like to add your name to the list of people who automatically receive HERO grant applications at the beginning of each cycle.

HERO 2017 Rural EMS Agency Training Grant Cycle

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.

2017 Cycle Dates

Cycle 7

  • Applications distributed: Monday, March 6
  • Applications due: Monday, April 3
  • Award notifications: Friday, April 28 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)

Cycle 7 is now closed

Contact Lindsay Kvamme | | 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.

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