2014-06-12 / Outdoors

DNR receives Plum Creek grant

Funds will go toward COs Save Lives work

ESCANABA – The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $3,000 grant to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division to help fund the “Conservation Officers Save Lives” project.

The Conservation Officers Save Lives project seeks to equip all MI DNR law enforcement division officers with Automated External Defibrillators. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient and treats them through the application of electrical therapy.

According to Sergeant Jeff Rabbers, cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death among adults in Michigan and the department’s conservation officers are often the first to arrive when citizens suffer a cardiac event while hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or participating in other outdoor activities. Having immediate access to an AED will allow the officers to perform critical onscene treatment while waiting for emergency medical personnel.

“Every year Michigan sees about 1.1 million anglers, more than 750,000 hunters and more than 22 million visitors to our state parks and recreation areas, not to mention the many people who use more than 12,000 miles of state trails,” said Rabbers. “Our conservation officers help ensure visitor safety and respond to emergency medical needs of all people engaged in outdoor activities.

Thanks to the help of the Plum Creek Foundation, we can provide additional officers with AED equipment so they can quickly administer life-saving treatment to citizens in need.”

The division has placed an order for three AEDs using the grant funds and plans to place them in conservation officer vehicles for use as soon as they arrive. The AEDs will be assigned to officers in Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce and Mackinac counties. Other project donors include Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page on Plum Creek’s website at www.plumcreek.com to download an application.

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