HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

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About the HERO Campaign

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

Since 2010, the HERO grant program has made 219 individual awards and 48 awards to rural EMS agencies to conduct local trainings for their staff – a total of $220,012 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 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

All 2018 HERO grant cycles are completed. The next award cycle will begin in early 2019.

2019 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 include 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 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. You may request funding for any training class or exercise you plan to complete within the next 12 months.

Planning for the 2019 HERO award cycles is underway. Please bookmark this page for final application details to be announced by September 30, 2018. A general cycle timeline is below:

  • Applications distributed: February/March 2019
  • Applications due: Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Award notifications: Friday, April 26, 2019 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)


Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-4450

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