Grant County Submits Two Fema Grant Applications

LANCASTER, WI (Ben Caxton) — Grant County Emergency Management is seeking two Assistance to Firefighters Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. One of those grants would look to update mobile radios used by 18 fire and ambulance departments in the county. Grant County Emergency Management Director Steve Braun says the goal is to upgrade existing analog mobile radios to digital capable mobile radios. Braun says the application specifies the grant would help in the purchase of 76 Single Mobile Head Radios, 28 Dual Head Mobile Radios, and 10 Base Station Radios. The grant application asks for just over $415,000. The Lancaster Fire Department is the lead fire department in the grant application, but if the grant is awarded, it would provide funding for fire and ambulance departments in Grant County. The other grant application is for firefighter rehabilitation equipment for the Lancaster Fire Department. The rehabilitation equipment supports medical monitoring and rehydration of firefighters at fire scenes. The application asks for grant funding of just over $20,000. According to Braun, sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of firefighters at work. “When our firefighters are working at their hardest, we need to give them appropriate breaks and actively work to cool their core body temperatures,” said Braun. “This is equipment to support that effort.” There is no matching amount required from a local government if either grant is awarded.

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