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 285 individual and agency awards to conduct local trainings for their staff – over $305,000 distributed!

How You Can Help

Contribute today by clicking on the button to the right. Your contribution will 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.

2024 HERO Award Application Period Open March 25 - April 19, 2024

The Office of Rural Health will offer a competitive HERO award application period in the spring of 2024!

The application period will open March 25, and close at 5:00 p.m. PST on April 19, 2024. Rural and/or frontier agencies may apply for awards of up to $2,500 each. Awardees will be notified by May 10, 2024.


For questions about HERO, or to add your contact information to the ORH EMS mailing list, please contact ansarah@ohsu.edu | 503-444-1570

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