FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Several rural and township fire departments across Indiana will benefit from funding grants provided by the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation.
The foundation awarded $373,804.72 in grants to local fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and emergency medical services, according to a statement released Wednesday. The focus of the organization is to support the future of public safety and to provide grant funding to local agencies.
Several fire departments in northeast Indiana will benefit from the funds, which include up to a maximum of $4,000 in support for critical public safety needs.
Agencies can apply for grants in four specific areas:
- Equipping emergency responders with personal protective equipment
- Acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders
- Providing radios and technology equipment
- Training for emergency responders
Seven counties in northeast Indiana have different departments receiving funds. Information for funding was provided on the group's application for money.
Aboite Township Volunteer Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase a Live-Fire Extinguish System for training purposes.
The Gas City Fire Department received $3,780 to purchase a high and low pressure hose, face piece, and a 60-minute breathing cylinder.
The City of Jonesboro Fire Department will purchase a truck-mounted deck monitor with a $4,000 grant. The monitor is a nozzle on top of a fire truck to help fight large fires.
The City of Marion Fire Department received $3,991 to purchase a fire hose and adjustable nozzles.
The Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase two handheld radios.
The Upland Indiana Volunteer Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to help first responders.
The Markle Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit received $2,196 to purchase protective gloves, information technology equipment and training material. The department will use training and educational materials to education the community and school children about fire prevention.
The Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department received $3,926 to purchase a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), six air bottles, and an air mask.
The LaOtta-Swan Township Volunteer Fire Department will purchase pagers with a $4,000 grant.
The Angola Fire Department received $4,000 to purchase a device that will help emergency responders diagnose people who have been exposed to carbon monoxide.
The Nottingham Township Volunteer Fire Department received $3,995.90 to purchase two sets of turnout gear to replace old firefighter gear that is no longer safe to use.
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