At least nine area police and fire departments will receive grants from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation for new equipment. The grants are part of $400,000 in awards announced by Governor Mike Pence for 112 departments in 62 counties.
“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.”
In Daviess County four departments received grants. The Odon Police Department was awarded $4,000 for radios. The Elnora-Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive $3,999.99 for three sets of turnout gear. The Montgomery Fire Department will use its $3,875 grant for adapter fittings, a low level strainer and a ball intake valve.
The Washington City Fire Department was awarded $3,825 for extrication equipment.
In Martin County, the Loogootee Fire Department will receive $3,956 for fire hoses and nozzles.
A pair of fire departments in Pike County also received grants. The Petersburg Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for turnout gear and the Lockhart Township Volunteer Fire Department will get $4,000 for handheld radio equipment.
In Greene County the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department will spend $3,800 for fire hoses and Richland-Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $2,000 for nozzles.
The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is funded through the sale of “Secure Indiana” license plates.
The fund provides maximum grants of $4,000 to fire, police, emergency medical services, and emergency management agencies. They also fund student scholarships around Indiana.