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Basketball Goals for Underserved Youth Education, Mentorship and Tutoring (Lee): The Family Enrichment Center of Loachapoka requested of the Mid-South RC&D funds for the purchase of basketball goals to enhance the community and offer educational benefits through the Education Grant. The project began in earnest in October after funds were approved. We got an additional quote from vendors and the goals were ordered. The work was completed in late December of 2020 with follow-up documentation being provided today. We are grateful for the support through this program and hope that members will visit the facility whenever possible to see the good work being done.
Community AEDs (Elmore): The Tallassee Fire Department purchased 7 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in the Tallassee community. Tallassee Fire Department received 2 of these devices to be placed on our Fire trucks. Tallassee Police Department received 1 for use by patrol officers and the remaining 4 were placed 1 each for use at the Tallassee SeniorCenter, Tallassee Community Library, Tallassee Recreation Center, and Tallassee City Hall. All city personnel will receive CPR and AED training once the pandemic allows our staff to safely do so. These devices are portable and will be used at any community event and are stored in secure cabinets and available in public access areas of our city. These devices have increased public access to early defibrillation in the case of cardiac events. Our entire City and visitors will benefit from this grant award.
Eclectic FD EMS cardiac monitor (Elmore): We completed purchasing the new monitor and all needed consumable supplies. After a period of training and learning the unit, it was placed in service and has been in service since February 18. During that time, it has been used to evaluate and treat over 40 patients. The timing turned out to be quite fortuitous. During the training period, we were running the old 13 year old unit in parallel with the one purchased with this grant. In that overlap time, the old unit experienced a failure in a key functional area. Having the new unit onhand kept the ambulance from going out of service for an extended period of time.
Fire Truck Equipment (Bullock): The Smuteye Volunteer Fire Department used our grant funds to purchase an air compressor and a rescue chop saw. This equipment will give us a quicker response time to callouts and enhanced capabilities on site. Our service area is all of Bullock County.
First Responder Protection (Bullock): The Bullock County Commission/Rescue used grant monies to purchase protective vests for our rescue team members. Fourteen vests were issued to our members giving them the added protection they so desperately need. It has become so dangerous in the field we operate in and there is always the possibility for violence again as it has been in the past. These vests give our members the confidence and safety they need to get the job done.
Healthy Hands For Our Schools (Butler): The Butler County Conservation District used our grant funds to purchase small bottles of hand sanitizer. This has given us the ability to distribute 2,325 clip on hand sanitizers for grades 5th – 12th in every school in Butler County. Students can clip these bottles to their book bags for easy use.
Heart Start AED Grant (Butler): The Shackleville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. used our grant funds to purchase a new AED with spare battery, 2 sets each of adult and pediatric pads/electrodes, and a backpack carry case. This AED and accessories will be utilized in our primary and mutual aid response areas. This grant has given us the ability to provide a potential life saving device to to more than 1500 residents of our community and our surrounding mutual aid communities..
Improving Student Safety Through Compliance (Autauga): The Autauga County Firefighters Association used our grant funds to perform critical life safety compliance testing on Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for the county Fire/EMS program at the Autauga County Technology Center. This testing assured that units being utilized by students of the program were operable and capable of being used for training purposes. The services tested 32 SCBA units and 61 breathing air cylinders.
Ladder Grant (Autauga): Replaced aging fire safety ladders to allow members of Pine Level FD to safely provide fire safety for our community.
Personal Protective Equipment for Firefighters and Community (Macon): Little Texas VFD purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) from vendor Bama-Bio Tech. This consisted of N95 face masks and hand sanitizer in various sizes to meet the need of COVID-19 in our community.
Safety Procurement (Butler): The Greenville Fire Department used our grant funds to purchase 5 sets of turnout gear for our firefighters. This equipment has given us the ability to provide protective clothing for our firefighters as they fight fires in our community.
Temp Times (Macon): The Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District purchased 120 thermometers, 6 first aid kit and batteries for all thermometers and refills. All 6 schools in Macon County will benefit from these items, thus helping protect students, faculty and community. This will help enable them to return to a normal in person setting for school.