Pike County Emergency Services Initiative Fund Supports EMT Training

The Pike County Commissioners Office received a $3,103.61 grant through the Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF) by the advisors of the Pike County Emergency Services Initiative Fund (PCESI).

The grant helps to fund an Emergency Medical Training (EMT) course at the Pike Country Training Center. Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg thanked GPCF and said, “The generous support is part of the important work toward solutions to the EMS crisis in the County.”

As in many other rural counties, Public Safety has consisted predominantly of volunteers who donate their time, energy, and skills to benefit their communities. In recent years, however, volunteerism has decreased.

The mission of the PCESI Fund is to provide funding to qualified Pike County emergency services agencies and other nonprofit emergency response organizations, including training programs. It was established in response to the local EMS crisis by the Commissioners; the Public Safety Department; and founding gifts from the law firm of Weinstein, Zimmerman & Oligher; William Lovejoy; and other generous donors.

The fund is administered by the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Visit greaterpike.org for more information or to donate.

PHOTO ID: Pictured above, from left to right: Outreach Coordinator Linda Fields and Board Member Maryanne Monte, Greater Pike Community Foundation; Pike County Commissioners, Matthew Osterberg; Steve Guccini, and Ronald Schmalzle.