Minnesota Energy Resources is helping everyday heroes keep their communities safe. This year, the company is awarding $11,000 to help fire departments across Minnesota purchase lifesaving equipment. The funding is part of the Minnesota Energy Resources Rewarding Responders Grant program.

“We are pleased to support the brave individuals who work tirelessly to create a brighter future for our communities,” said Nick Krzeminski, vice president — Minnesota Energy Resources. “Our first responders race toward danger and distress every day. We’re honored to help provide these vital tools to keep everyone safe.”

Donations that make an invaluable impact

Since 2015, Minnesota Energy Resources has donated more than $85,000 through its Rewarding Responders Grant program. More than 50 police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) departments across Minnesota have received grants to improve public safety in their communities.

“As the first ones called in to deal with gas and carbon monoxide leaks, we greatly appreciate Minnesota Energy Resources’ commitment to providing us with the equipment we need to do our job safely,” said Mike Boraas, Zumbrota fire chief.

Improving safety with important tools

The 2022 grant recipients are:

  • Elko New Market Fire and Rescue — Medical training supplies
  • Park Rapids Fire Department — Thermal imaging camera
  • Pine Island Fire Department — Automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Sanborn Fire Department — Supplemental contained breathing apparatus mask (SCBA)
  • Solway Volunteer Fire Department — Firefighting nozzles
  • Zumbrota Fire Department — Gas monitoring equipment

Minnesota Energy Resources offers its Rewarding Responders Grants annually to enhance public safety. Each emergency response agency can apply for up to $2,000 in funding. They are eligible to receive a grant if they:

  • Operate in the Minnesota Energy Resources service area.
  • Complete an online grant application.
  • Demonstrate the equipment or training they will acquire is part of a well-planned effort to improve public safety. Grants also may be put toward unique, safety-related projects that are one-time efforts.

Learn more about the grant.