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Cannon Beach gets fire grant, donation

Donation will help with equipment
By Kaelia Neal

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 16, 2017 7:40AM

CANNON BEACH — The Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District received a $9,030 grant and a generous donation of $50,000.

The Fire District applied for the Volunteer Fire assistance grant in April through the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The grant aids fire departments in rural areas in improving their protection capabilities.

By completing 602 in-kind match training hours, the fire district matched the grant for a total project cost of $18,060.

“It will help us fight some of these fires in the wildland area — anything outside the city limits,” Fire Chief Matt Benedict said.

The fire district also received a donation of $50,000 from the John Harrington Trust. Harrington was a resident of Cannon Beach.

A portion of the donation — $31,428 — is being used to purchase the Zoll Medical X Series monitor and defibrillator.

“It (the monitor) helps with the standardization of equipment between the two agencies — the fire department and medic’s ambulance,” Benedict said.

“This monitor will allow me to use my paramedic skills to its full abilities,” he said.


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