Grant - December 7, 2021
The Spearfish Fire Department applied for a grant for personal protective equipment called "buddy breathers" through a program offered by the Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota. Although that grant request was not originally selected from over 40 applications, a second review of the applications by a South Dakota Salutes team identified this as a request that we wanted to support.
From their application:
"Buddy breathers allow other firefighters on the crew to safely and quickly connect to the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) of another firefighter. This allows the firefighters to share an air supply, something which might be the difference between life and death."
While the grant from South Dakota Salutes is not sufficient to purchase a the quantity of buddy breathers needed, it is our hope the money from South Dakota Salutes can be used as "seed money" to give other local supporters a reason to make a similar donation to their local fire department.