ERGM Fire District gets new grant
Matching grant from CWPP to fund 500 new 911 signs
The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District has secured a grant through the Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) that aims to provide 500 signs for rural residents within the district.
Pamela Stilwell, assistant fire chief for the district, said it is the second grant the district has received to provide the signs, which are free to residents who call and request them.
"It's not very exciting to most people, but at 2 a.m., it's really tough to find people," she said. "These signs will help us better locate houses in rural areas."
The 500 signs come on the heels of a previous grant for 200 signs, which Stilwell said have all been put up as of Jan. 17. The total amount for the 700 signs is $6,506, with the majority of that money, $4,300, funding the 500 new signs.
Stilwell said the grant works on a reimbursement procedure, so the district will have to buy all the signs and install each of them before the CWPP will send the grant money. Including mileage and hourly rates for employees hanging the signs, Stilwell said the total grant amount is $27,219, and being a matching grant, the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District must pay for half of the cost.
"Once we get the project completed, we'll get paid," she said. "That's why we really need people to call and get these signs, because we don't get paid until they are all up."
Stilwell said many rural residents have addresses on their mail boxes. But, when there are multiple mail boxes together, they do nothing to show where the actual home is located, which can lead to a life or death situation for someone experiencing an emergency, such as a heart attack.
To get one of the 911 signs, residents of the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District may call the station at 417-271-3642, or go to the station on Highway 86 in Eagle Rock. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Stilwell said someone is always at the office unless the staff is out on a call.