[r69] Local Fire Departments receive Homeland Security grant funding

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE - Recently, the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation (IHSF) awarded nearly $374,000 in grant funding to local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical services across the state.

Local departments can receive up to $4000 to help fund additional training or to purchase new equipment. We were fortunate that two departments in Jackson County were recipients of the grant this year.

According to the IHSF, the City of Seymour Fire Department received $4000 in grant funding. That money will be used to purchase four multi-gas detectors that be equipped on firetrucks. The detectors will allow local firefighters properly respond to any emergencies that involve gas leaks.

The Crothersville and Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc. received $3,826.40. Those funds will be used to purchase boots. The department had not purchased new boots since 2006.

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation began its grant program in 1999. Funding for the program is generated by the sale of the 'Secure Indiana' license plates. May God Bless our public safety officials!

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Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.