EQUALITY – The Equality Fire Department recently benefited from the Equality-area community and local healthcare organizations, as more than $16,000 has been donated for new rescue equipment.
Last January, fire department members Chase and Cole Baker started a GoFundMe team fundraiser, asking the Equality community for help in purchasing new rope rescue equipment. After a few months, officials with Ferrell Hospital learned about the fundraiser, and together with Deaconess Illinois offered to match up to $7,000.
The community and organizations responded, and $9,210 was raised, including $3,000 from Saline County Tourism, according to the GoFundMe site.
On Jan. 24, Deaconess Illinois EMS, along with Ferrell Hospital – a Deaconess Illinois Partner – presented a combined gift of $7,000 to the Equality Fire Department in a special ceremony.
According to a press release from Deaconess Health System, the fire department serves as first responders for Garden of the Gods, and new rescue gear has been needed for some time.
Ferrell Hospital CEO Alisa Coleman said the hospital was happy to be a part of the fundraising effort undertaken by Equality Fire Department to purchase safety and rescue equipment and fund training to first responders. Coleman added it’s an area that attracts visitors from all over the region, and they value the benefits that Garden of the Gods affords the area.
Coleman said she’s like people to continue to visit and take advantage of the “wonderful” natural resource.