Roundup for Safety grant to benefit search and rescue efforts

A $2,975 Roundup for Safety grant will help provide David Thompson Search and Rescue (DTSR) with a new rescue litter. Mountain Unit Leader Noah Pyle said the new equipment will greatly lighten their load.http://roundupforsafey

“Thank you to Roundup for the opportunity to apply for this grant, which we will use to replace our steel rescue litter with a light weight titanium litter. Dave Thompson Search and Rescue Team is a 100% volunteer organization and we strive to keep the best equipment we can to assist in our efforts. The titanium litter will greatly cut down on the weight that our members will carry to reach a patient, which will result in faster response times. The titanium litter can also be used for vertical technical rope rescues. Thank you again.”

DTSR serves southern Lincoln County as a representative of the Sheriff’s office. Pyle says they work hard to maintain a professional organization, which includes staying current on the best gear to facilitate rescue operations.

In addition to the funds awarded to David Thompson Search and Rescue, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the October 11 meeting to $19,475:

Stillwater Christian School – $5,000 for fire alarm system overhaul;

Immanuel Lutheran Communities – $500 dollars for Kenwood radios;

Sparrow’s Nest of Northwest Montana – $6,000 for a prefabricated safety ramp, and

Kalispell Youth Softball Association – $5,000 for backstop netting.

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 Roundup for Safety.