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Local Fire Depts Receive Homeland Security Grants

Posted On May 08, 2014

Press release from Indiana Homeland Security

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation has approved more than $400,000 in grants to aid public safety agencies statewide.

Awards were given to 112 recipients in 62 counties. Recipients include local fire departments, emergency medical services, law enforcement and emergency management agencies in all 10 IDHS Districts.

The focus of the foundation is to support the future of public safety and to provide grant funding to local agencies for critical needs across Indiana. Grants provide up to $4,000. Eligible projects include:

  • Equipping emergency responders with personal protective equipment;
  • Acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders;
  • Providing radios and technology equipment; and
  • Training for emergency responders.

Examples of items that current grant approvals funded include protective equipment, fire gear, defibrillators, fire hoses, computer and communication equipment, thermal imaging cameras and rescue mannequins.

“Local public safety agencies play a critical role in the safety of Hoosiers across the state,” said Governor Mike Pence. “This grant money allows our first responders to replace and upgrade equipment vital to daily operations. By improving equipment and capabilities, our emergency response personnel statewide will have the tools they need to help keep Hoosiers safe.”

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is funded through the purchase of “Secure Indiana” license plates. These funds provide grants to public safety agencies and scholarships to students statewide.

The following local agencies were awarded grants from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation:

Franklin

  • Eagle Fire Company of Oldenburg was awarded $3,898 for an AED, evacuation chair, and water nozzle.

Ripley

  • City of Batesville Police Department was awarded $4,000 for radios.
  • Delaware Community Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,574 for rechargeable lights and chargers for flashlights.
  • Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $4,000 for personal protective headwear and footwear.