HERO: Helping EMS in Rural Oregon

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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 the next 12 months.

*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.

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

2018 HERO Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Cycles

Additional Round of HERO EMS Agency Training Grants Added for 2018!

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce the addition of a second round of HERO EMS Agency Training Grants for 2018.

The competitive application period opens August 6, 2018, and closes at 5pm on August 31, 2018.

Four rural and/or frontier agencies will be awarded up to $2500 each. Awardees will be notified by September 7, 2018.

Applications are now online!

2019 HERO Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Cycles

Planning for the 2019 HERO award cycles is underway. Please bookmark this page for final application details to be announced by October 31, 2018.

The estimated grant cycle timeline is:

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

For Questions About the HERO Campaign or Award Program Please Contact

Rebecca Dobert | | (503) 494-4450

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