On June 13, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety program approved $17,000 in grants supporting community safety projects proposed by local nonprofits. Friends of the Bigfork Fire Department requested funding for swift water and rope rescue equipment. The Bigfork Fire Department is expanding its ability to respond to water emergencies and has worked with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and local Search & Rescue teams to coordinate those future efforts.  

Bigfork Fire Chief Jeremy Patton noted, “Bigfork Fire Department responds to the Bigfork Fire District and provides mutual aid to other districts in Flathead and Lake Counties. Some rescue calls are in a swift water environment. Sometimes those rescues occur in largely inaccessible areas and ropes are required. For the safety of the public and of the responders, this equipment is essential. Responders can handle calls for service of this type safely and more efficiently.” 

The Roundup for Safety Board noted Friends of Bigfork Fire’s matching funds to provide the department with the training necessary to safely and effectively deploy the new equipment. The Board awarded $8,000 of the $12,000 request. 

June grantees also include: 

  • Kalispell Police Department – crowd safety equipment — $2,500 
  • ImagineIF Library Foundation – ADA doors — $5,000 
  • Glacier Church – AED — $1,500  
    RoundUp for Safety Flathead Electric CooperativeRoundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Co-op members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money is managed by an independent board and goes into a fund for community safety projects. If your nonprofit is interested in applying for community safety funds, visit our Roundup for Safety page or call the Roundup for Safety Board Liaison:

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