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Home > Mercy News > Mercy awards Rural First Responder Grants to outlying agencies
Published on August 31, 2020
In recognition of the critical role first responders play in rural emergency care, Mercy Medical Center is pleased to award Rural First Responder Grants totaling more than $19,250 to 11 area first-responder agencies. The grants will assist with education and resources necessary to provide the best medical care to those in outlying communities.
First responders are often the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency to provide medical assistance.
“In keeping with its mission, Mercy recognizes the importance of rural first responders,” said Melissa Cullum, Mercy’s director of community benefit. “It is imperative that first responders in rural areas have access to the resources needed to provide the best medical assistance to residents in their communities. Mercy is pleased to offer this grant to further strengthen rural emergency care by building and fostering relationships with the first responders who faithfully serve outside our urban cities.”
Mercy’s Rural First Responder Grants provide a contribution to select organizations requesting equipment to be used for emergency care in the pre-hospital environment, as well as for medical emergency training for first responders.
This year’s recipients are:
Grant applicants must be first-responder agencies demonstrating financial need and be located within the Mercy Medical Center service area, which includes Benton, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, northern Johnson, Jones, Linn and Tama counties.