Roundup for Safety grant helps City of Whitefish increase safety at Armory

A $1,156 grant from Roundup for Safety was awarded to the City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation Department for an AED (defibrillator) and a First Aid kit. Community Service Coordinator Carla Belski says the equipment will be housed at the Roy Duff Memorial Armory, which is used by a wide range of groups, including sport programs.

“We are very grateful for this grant,” Belski says. “Any type of sports complex should have a First Aid kit and an AED, because often people don’t know they have an underlying heart condition until they start exerting themselves. Sudden cardiac arrest is not limited to older people. It can strike men, women and even children of any age.”

The armory is a 5,000 square foot facility available for rent by the public. A large gym, kitchen and party room allows the versatile facility to accommodate a variety of events with a maximum occupancy of up to 250 people. Belski says that, in formulating their emergency response plan, staff will be trained on the new equipment so they can respond quickly to medical emergencies.

In addition to the funds awarded to the City of Whitefish, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded a $1,564 grant to the Kalispell Fire Department for a Carbon Monoxide Detector, bringing the total awarded at the February 8 meeting to $2,720. That amount is lower than is typical, but a winter storm that night prevented some applicants from traveling to present before the board.

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 Mike Radel at 406-751-4429 or visit Roundup for Safety.