Roundup for Safety Grant will aid in avalanche rescue

A $1,360 grant from Roundup for Safety was awarded to Swan Mission Search & Rescue (SMSAR), which provides services in the Swan Valley and Northern Lake County areas. President Carol Field says the grant money will be used to purchase transceivers with the latest technology.

“Good equipment is the centerpiece of providing safety,” Field says. “Determining the number of victims buried can be very time consuming with the older beacons, but the new units will immediately tell the rescuer the number, which is very helpful in forming a rapid rescue plan. Time is of the essence in these situations, so we are very grateful to everyone who contributes to the Roundup for Safety program.”

In addition to the funds awarded to Swan Mountain Search & 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 12 meeting to $11,160:

Libby Volunteer Fire Department – $5,000 for respirator fit tester,
Creston Elementary School – $1,000 for defibrillator;
Northwest Montana Historical Society – $800 for lighting and exit signs; and
Kalispell Wrestling Association – $3,000 for wrestling mats.

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.