Fire Department Equipment
Fire department budgets are under pressure throughout the country. Yet old equipment needs to be repaired and new equipment needs to be purchased. For example, infra-red cameras cost in excess of $10,000 each. A “Lifepack 15” used in the emergency care of heart patients costs $25,000 each. A simulator for teaching individuals in the safe operation of apparatus costs $80,000. Software to assist paramedics in maintaining their certification costs $100,000 a year to maintain. The Cincinnati Fire Foundation seeks corporate interest in helping to sponsor, support and maintain these and similar initiatives.
Most recently, the CFF has outfitted the Cincinnati Fire Department with the EMBU, or Emergency Medical Bike Unit. These bikes have the same medical equipment as first responder vehicles, but are easier to navigate through a large crowd. The EMBU will be out in full force at local events. For an example of how the EMBU works at a large event, click here.
The Foundation secured a $100,000 grant from Western & Southern Financial for the purchase of TEMPUS Pro portable patient monitoring and life-support equipment. These units used by the military in Afghanistan are compact state of the art devices that allow direct voice and video communications from the field to the emergency department at University Hospital. Presently the Cincinnati Fire Department is the first and only fire department in the U.S. to have this advanced technology. The CFD recently upgraded the advanced life support feature, which allows these units to work seamlessly on the Emergency Medical Bike Unit (EMBU).
The U.S. Coast Guard no longer has a base in the Cincinnati area. The CFD is responsible for providing water rescue for 27 miles along the Ohio River. The Foundation raised over $2500,000 to help replace Boat 3, used to fight watercraft fires and to search and rescue victims.
Fire Training Center
The Cincinnati Fire Foundation in cooperation with the Cincinnati Rotary Foundation secured more than $20,000 to obtain audio visual equipment for the new fire training classrooms at the Cincinnati Fire Department’s regional “Burn Building”.
The Foundation is currently soliciting funds to provide specialized training to certain Cincinnati firefighters. These funds would be utilized to pay for transportation, room, board, and fees associated with obtaining the required certifications.
Funding was provided to equip the color guard with new flags and equipment used in support of special functions and programs throughout the city of Cincinnati.
These are only a few examples of the programs and needs that the Cincinnati Fire Foundation supports. Since 2010, the foundation has participated in raising more than $275,000 to fund our projects. In each case it takes an individual’s financial support, a grant from a foundation, or the adoption of a program by a corporation to assist the foundation in completing our mission. Included under the “Our Sponsors” tab is a partial listing of those companies, foundations and individuals that support the work of the Cincinnati Fire Foundation.