Red Cross receives $100k grant

Funds to support smoke detector program, emergency response vehicle

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The American Red Cross serving Central and Western South Dakota has received a big hand in updating its response capabilities.

The American Red Cross serving Central and Western South Dakota has received a $100k grant. Three-quarters of that money is earmarked to help purchase a new Emergency Response Vehicle. Photo Date: Dec. 14, 2018.

The Red Cross’ aging Emergency Response Vehicle.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross Wednesday.

The Red Cross applied for the grant to replace its aging Emergency Response Vehicle. Some of the funds will also support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Of the grant, $25,000 will support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. The program provides and installs smoke detectors free-of-charge.

The other $75,000 will go toward the purchase of a new Emergency Response Vehicle. The Red Cross’ current vehicle has been needing increasing amounts of maintenance. Red Cross officials are concerned about the vehicle’s dispatch reliability. Poor dispatch reliability can affect Red Cross response to the victims of accidents and disasters.

“This is really the workhorse of the American Red Cross as far as vehicles because it’s out whenever there is a disaster,” said Richard Smith, executive director of the American Red Cross serving Central and Western South Dakota. “It’s the one really out delivering supplies, seeing the people out there, keeping people warm or giving them a safe place on those little house fires that are taking place.”

Along with funds already budgeted for the vehicle, the Red Cross only needs $25,000 to make the purchase. If you’d like to help them out, visit them online, or call 605-342-4010.