Westby First Responders among new emergency response grant recipients

Grant money announced Tuesday totals $22 million funded from the American Rescue Plan Act

APPLETON (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers announced $22 million in new investments aimed at emergency response initiatives, with Westby First Responders on the list of recipients.

The money comes from two pandemic response programs — the Neighborhood Investment Fun and the Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant — funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. The investments will support fire station construction and expansion projects, testing sites and EMS projects. Evers said.

Westby’s cut of $15,000 will go toward buying a Lund University Cardiac Assist System device, which provides mechanical chest compressions in cases when CPR is necessary.

“We have been working hard to invest in projects that will help build stronger, healthier communities across our state. From De Pere to Waupun, we’re excited to continue this important work by making sure our rural communities have adequate emergency response options, updating our fire stations, facilities, and services,” Evers said. “By preparing for whatever comes next, we’re not only strengthening pandemic response in our communities, but building the future we want for our families, our communities, and our state.”

Other recipients included:

  • City of Altoona – $1,149,000 grant to expand a public safety garage with drive-through health services
  • Town of Beloit – $7,675,000 grant for fire station reconstruction
  • City of De Pere – $206,831 grant for a mobile EMS unit
  • Laona Rescue Unit – $2,790,000 grant for fire station construction
  • City of Oconto Falls – $7,000,000 grant for fire station expansion
  • City of Peshtigo – $3,001,379 grant for construction of two EMS stations
  • City of Waupun – $204,864 grant to expand emergency medical responder services

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