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  • Writer's pictureChristian Picciolini

Resort Bear Creek Fire Department Secures Grant from Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and Chip and Jean Frentz Family Fund for Life-Saving Equipment

In a significant boost to emergency response capabilities, the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department has been awarded a generous grant of $15,000 from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation's Fund for the Community and Chip and Jean Frentz Family Fund. The grant was earmarked for the acquisition of a state-of-the-art Defibtech ARM Automatic Chest Compression device, enhancing our fire department's ability to provide critical medical assistance during emergencies.


The Defibtech ARM Automatic Chest Compression device is a cutting-edge piece of equipment designed to administer automated chest compressions, particularly beneficial during cardiac arrest situations. The device ensures consistent and effective chest compressions, optimizing the chances of survival for patients in need.


Resort Bear Creek FD Acquires New Life-Saving Equipment
Resort Bear Creek FD Acquires New Life-Saving Equipment

Fire Chief Al Welsheimer expressed gratitude for the support from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, emphasizing the profound impact the grant will have on the department's ability to deliver life-saving care. "This grant allows us to acquire a crucial piece of equipment that can make a significant difference in emergency medical situations," Welsheimer remarked. "The Defibtech ARM Automatic Chest Compression device will enhance our response capabilities and improve outcomes for patients in cardiac distress."


The Resort Bear Creek Fire Department serves as a vital resource for Resort Township, Bear Creek Township, and a majority of Bay Township, responding to a wide range of emergencies, including medical incidents, fires, and rescue operations. With the addition of the Defibtech ARM Automatic Chest Compression device to their arsenal, the department is poised to deliver even more effective and efficient emergency medical services.


The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation plays a pivotal role in supporting organizations and initiatives that enrich the quality of life in the region. Through strategic grant-making efforts, the foundation empowers local entities like the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department to acquire essential resources that enhance public safety and well-being.


The acquisition of the Defibtech ARM Automatic Chest Compression device underscores the commitment of both the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to ensuring the health and safety of community members. This collaborative effort serves as a testament to the power of community partnerships in fostering resilience and preparedness in the face of emergencies.


As the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department prepares to integrate the new equipment into its operations, residents can take comfort in knowing that their emergency responders are equipped with the latest tools and technologies to deliver life-saving care when every second counts.


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