Oregon Office of Rural Health

HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

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 12 months of receipt of the award.

*Please note: applicant agencies 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 over 275 individual and agency awards to conduct local trainings for their staff – over $250,000 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.

2021 HERO Award Application Period Open June 1-30

The Office of Rural Health is pleased to offer a competitive HERO award application period in June of 2021.

The application period opens June 1, and closes at 5pm PST on June 30, 2021.  Rural and/or frontier agencies may apply for awards of up to $2500 each. Awardees will be notified by July 16, 2021.

TO APPLY: Complete the fillable PDF application and submit by the closing deadline on June 30, with the subject line “HERO 2021 Application” to Rebecca Dobert.


For questions about HERO, or to add your contact information to the ORH EMS mailing list, please contact Rebecca Dobert | 503-494-6627

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