WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Deschutes First Response Fund is dedicated to supporting first responders serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including members of the law enforcement and fire/EMS community in Deschutes County.
We're doing this by raising money through a GoFundMe account that will address immediate needs so that first responders can continue to keep community members—and themselves—safe during this unprecedented time.
MAKE A DONATION TO THE FIRST RESPONSE FUND
We're hoping to raise $50,000.
This money will be used to support the men and women serving on the front lines of community safety during this pandemic with three focuses:
1. Immediate needs: We will drive dollars through local businesses (whenever possible) to purchase meals, lodging, services and equipment needed by first responders, in order to be supported during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Family needs: This fund will ensure that first responders have adequate resources to care for their families so they can confidently go to work without concern for the safety and health of family members. This includes having proper access to childcare and caregiving during this time.
3. Mental health support: We will use these funds to ensure that first responders who need access and funds for mental health services have them.
Funds will be administered by a committee of regional leaders including Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, and Redmond Fire and Rescue Chief Ken Kehmna.
To request funds please fill out the Funds Request Form.
“Every day, first responders are putting our community first by continuing to show up on the front lines and respond to emergency calls. We also know that the worst is yet to come, and we have a chance now to address the needs of first responders. From adequate medical equipment to childcare to mental health—this fund will make sure resources are in place and fully funded so first responders can focus on keeping the community safe.”