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Area First Responders Get WPS Foundation Grants

Submitted by WPS

Several Northwoods first responder groups have picked up grant money to help their agencies.

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is providing a total of $50,000 through its Rewarding Responders Grant to 27 emergency response agencies in this region.

Among this year’s recipients is the Tomahawk Fire Department, which is purchasing two new automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Other responders getting funding include the Antigo Police Department for equipment storage systems for squad vehicles, Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department for fire-resistant clothing for firefighters, and the Merrill Fire Department for protective clothing for firefighters during rescue operations.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen says the WPS Foundation has served many communities.....

"So grants of up to $2,000 are available through the rewarding responders grant. A neat feature about this year is we've reached a milestone with these grants. They've been in place since 2014 and since that time, the WPS Foundation has helped 200 emergency response agencies and donated more than $350,000 to improve public safety in the communities that we serve..."

Emergency response agencies must operate in the WPS service area, and must demonstrate the equipment or training they acquire is part of a well-planned effort to improve public safety. Grants also may be used to fund safety-related projects that are unique, one-time efforts.

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