Thursday, August 14, 2008

Todd County to get $118,703 grant for EMS

Here's a news release we received today from Rep. Whitfield. This is good news for the county. We also heard that the county will have to match about 5 percent of the funds (about $6,000).

A sad fact of local government is that state and federal funding more than keeps the ship afloat and it often is the only way to pay for improvements.

Another sad fact of government and what is important: The EMS gets far less (about $400,000) than cities get to fix sidewalks.

To try to understand government is to cause your head to explode.

Whitfield Announces Funds for Todd County Emergency Medical Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) helped secured $118,703 today for Todd County Emergency Medical Services. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

“Todd County Emergency Medical Services does a great job of keeping the community safe and ensuring fast and quality medical care when a crisis strikes,” Whitfield said. “They play a vital role in Todd County and I am pleased to do all that I can to assist their efforts.”

The department received the grant through the Operations and Safety program. These funds may be used for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to facilities. Whitfield sent a letter of support for Todd County Emergency Medical Services to FEMA earlier this year requesting funds.

The award comes as part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. These grants aim to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire-related hazards. Since 2004, AFG has provided a total of almost $2.75 billion to first-responder organizations to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.

Posted by Ryan


Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, you have to have people in County government willing to work hard and go after grant money. I don't think we have had that in the past, if we even do now.

7:22 PM, August 19, 2008  

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