MEDFORD, Ore. — The owners of 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery made a contribution of $10,080 in grants to local fire districts on Thursday, as a part of their 9-1-1 Fund.
The 9-1-1 Fund comes from the sale of 2Hawk Vineyards 9-1-1 wine—and more than 50 percent of all proceeds from the wine's sale goes toward building the Fund. The wine was first released on September 27 of 2017 in honor of National First Responders Day.
According to a statement, 2Hawk's owners Jen and Ross Allen came up with the idea for the 9-1-1 Fund when they were looking for a way to show support for their community. Ross has a 17-year background in law enforcement, giving the Allens an appreciation for first responders and leading to the fund's creation.
JCFD5's grant will go toward backcountry and rope rescue equipment, intended to enhance their technical rescue response for wildland firefighters and backcountry rescues. JCFD5 works from three fire stations and covers about 25,000 residents over 115 square miles of southern Jackson County—including Phoenix, Talent, and areas around Ashland.
AVFD9's grant will purchase helmet flashlights for each of their 40 firefighters. Currently, handheld flashlights are standard issue. The helmet lights will enable them to have better lighting and both hands to deal with structure fires and motor vehicle accidents. AVFD9 works from seven fire stations and covers about 10,000 people over 181 square miles between Jacksonville and Grants Pass.