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May 16, 2014

Homeland Security grant to EMA to assist responders

GREENSBURG – 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.

Decatur County Emergency Management was awarded a grant from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation in the amount of $3,999.00 to purchase a rescue insert for the Kubota UTV operated by EMA. “This unit will allow us to safely secure a patient and EMS Attendant in the cargo area for transport to an ambulance from off-road areas where ambulances are not able to reach. This unit may also be used at the variety of festivals, fairs, and events supported throughout the year with the UTV and Mobile Operations Unit. This resource is available to all public safety groups in Decatur County as a county-wide asset through EMA.”

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