By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) - A few area fire departments and emergency medical services which help others are now receiving some help themselves.
The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation has approved $373,804.72 in grants for fire departments, EMS units, and law enforcement around the state. The grants for critical public safety needs are provided up to $4,000.
The grants can pay for equipment such as protective equipment, radios, or technology. The funds can also be used to pay for emergency responders’ training.
Five entities in Dearborn, Ripley, and Switzerland counties are benefitting from the foundation grants:
• The Bright Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. received $3,839.34 to purchase six tablet computers with protective cases. The tablets will be used to outfit the fire trucks with quick and accurate information for their territory and mutual aid response area. The company is using multiple binders full of information that have to be updated consistently.
• The Delaware Community Volunteer Fire Department Inc. received $3,738.07 to purchase a new computer, monitor and encoder. These items will be used as training equipment and help instruct the department on fire and emergency medical services safety.
• The Southern Ripley County Emergency Life Squad, Inc. received $1,159.76 to purchase protective vests and flashlights. This gear will allow responders to stay safe while serving their community.
• The Versailles Volunteer Fire Department Inc received $3,647.85 to purchase new fire nozzles. The portable blitz monitor and the chimney snuffer nozzle will allow the department to better protect citizens and their properties. The chimney snuffer nozzle is used for extinguishing chimney fires with minimal risk and damage. The portable blitz monitor (nozzle) will be used as a master stream that will demand less manpower during a fire situation.
• The Switzerland County Emergency Management Agency received $4,000 to purchase five new computers and software for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This will be replacing outdated software and will allow more communication during a disaster.