LaSalle, IL, Oct 21, 2011 -- Contact: Joan Messina (217) 403-6248
LaSalle an Even Safer Place to Live
LaSalle, Ill., Oct 21, 2011—USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan visited LaSalle Monday to see the new emergency vehicle purchased for the Fire Department with help from the federal agency. The City received a $17,000 grant from Rural Development to purchase a 2010 Extended Ford Expedition for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Response and Incident Command. The funding is part of the agency’s Community Facilities Program that provides grants and affordable financing for facilities and equipment essential for services in rural communities.
“By helping rural communities preserve and improve their community services, USDA is helping them maintain their quality of life,” Callahan said. “When we help to preserve the infrastructure and essential services in communities like LaSalle, we make it a better place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.”
The vehicle responds to emergencies ahead of the transport ambulance to begin life saving medical procedures. As a licensed basic life support non-transport medical agency, the Fire Department begins life saving emergency medical procedures until advanced life support arrives. The vehicle carries cardiac monitors, oxygen therapy equipment and medications for the treatment of cardiac symptoms and diabetic emergencies and greatly improves the Fire Department’s capacity to respond to emergencies in the event that the ambulance is already out on a call.
Besides the medical equipment, the new extended vehicle allows the Fire Department to also carry communication equipment that can be used in large incidents. The equipment also increases communications among the public safety officials. The vehicle replaced a used 1999 Chevy Suburban with high mileage and in need of repairs. It was purchased about six years ago to use as a command vehicle. The new vehicle was put into service the end of September.
Rural Development offers loans, loan guarantees and, in some instances, grants to public bodies and non-profit organizations to support essential facilities for public use in most communities with up to 20,000 residents. These funds can be used to support projects such as health and child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, libraries, community centers, public buildings and the equipment needed to operate them.
Rural Development has more than 40 programs that foster growth and economic stability in rural areas by providing affordable financing and technical assistance. Support is available for regional food systems, broadband and biofuel infrastructure, homeownership, business development and community needs. More information on USDA Rural Development programs is available on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/il or by contacting Lorali Heintzelman at 815.875.8732 ext. 4. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
Caption: (From left) Firemen Ryan Tieman and Paul Etschied join Fire Chief Andy Bacidore (far right) in showing Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan the new emergency response vehicle purchased with the help from the agency’s grant.