NIPSCO Awards $68,000 in Public Safety Education and Training Grants

NIPSCO Awards $68,000 in Public Safety Education and Training Grants

Eighteen organizations will receive grants from NIPSCO to help fund their  safety education and training projects throughout Northern Indiana. This year, NIPSCO has  granted a total of $68,000. Over the past five years since this grant program was initiated, a  total of 78 projects were funded, totaling $281,000 in grant donations that positively impact  safety education and programming within the NIPSCO’s service territory.  

This year’s recipients include: 

• MAAC Foundation - MAAC Lunch and Learn Series 

• American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana - Disaster Relief/Preparedness • Monticello Fire Rescue Association - Emergency Response Diver II Certification • Fractured Atlas - Teacher of Patience Educational Screenings for Public Safety Groups • Kouts Volunteer Fire Department - Fire Prevention Education 

• Kokomo Family YMCA - CPR Training and Lifeguard Safety Training 

• Dunebrook, Inc. – Child Safety Education Program 

• Porter County Emergency Management Agency - CPR Training Equipment • Fowler-Center Township Fire Department - Fire Prevention Program 

• Dyer Fire Department - Dyer Fire Get Alarmed Program  

• Griffith Indiana Police Department - Too Good For Drugs Graduation 

• Kouts Police Department - Police Autism Community Education (P.A.C.E.) • Tri Town Safety Village – Safety Education 

• Steuben Township Volunteer Fire Dept. – Fire Prevention Education 

• Fort Wayne Fire Department - Trench Operations-Technical Course 

• Griffith Fire Department - Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Education 

• Cass County Emergency Management Agency - Public Safety Education Program • Carroll County Emergency Management - Active Shooter Training 

"At NIPSCO, our primary focus is to safely deliver reliable energy services to our customers, and  we have a relentless focus on keeping our customers, communities and employees safe in  everything we do,” said Mike Hooper, NIPSCO President. “We always look to add layers of protection wherever possible, and programs like these are exactly the kind we want to support  in their pursuit of enhanced public safety.”  

Information on the annual NIPSCO public safety grant opportunity is shared with communities  throughout the company’s 32-county service area. A selection committee comprised of several NIPSCO departments reviews applications against a set of criteria and chooses grant recipients  each year. NIPSCO’s goal is to support important safety initiatives as well as consider  

geographical areas so as many communities as possible are assisted.  

“NIPSCO’s fifth year offering this program led to many outstanding applications received, and  we are impressed with how organizations are prioritizing safety and educational projects,” said  Rick Calinski, NIPSCO public affairs and economic development director. “Public safety  education and training are very important to us at NIPSCO, and we are pleased to assist these  organizations in their missions.” 

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