Grant to help Marion Fire District in safer accident response

A $9,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help the Marion Fire District (MFD) with safer response to accidents, by providing air bags for lifting vehicles, as well as vehicle stabilization struts. The application emphasized that US Highway 2 is a major transit path, with 23 miles of that highway crossing directly through their district. Due to the winding nature, high speeds, and inclement road conditions, the wrecks are often complex and require both extrication of patients and vehicular stabilization of vehicles.

In addition to the MFD grant, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the January meeting to $28,352:

Coram/West Glacier Fire Dept.- $8,395 for washer/extractor for turnout gear;

Friends of Bigfork Fire- $8,457 for helmets, safety vests and LED flares, and

Flathead Lake Methodist Camp & Retreat- $2,500 toward burying electrical lines.                                                                                                                                  

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.