Kentucky Awarded $4.1 Million in DHS Grants for First Responders
By Ellen Cannon
According to Gene Kiser, acting executive officer of the Kentucky office of Homeland Security, local agencies submitted more than 303 applications for grants aimed at assisting first responders and securing public safety. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded Kentucky $4.1 million dollars for 125 local projects.
According to Governor Beshear, the funded projects included first responder training grants, 911 programs, and the purchase of mobile computers, radios, and bomb detection devices. The Governor said, “These projects will strengthen the effectiveness of our first responders as they execute their important mission of protecting Kentuckians when natural and man-made disasters strike.: (www.bizjournal.com/louisvile/news, 11/12/11)
Jefferson County received a large portion of the funding totaling $423,215. The projects included: (1) $350,000 to Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government for a generator for MetroSafe; (2) $8,300 to the University of Louisville for an all- terrain vehicle; (3) $13,000 to Anchorage Fire and EMS for mobile data computers; (4) $27,415 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, for mobile data computers; (5) $12,000 to Graymoor-Devondale for radios for police officers; and (6) $12,500 to West Buechel for mobile data computers for police. (www.bizjournals.com11/12/11)
Lexington received the largest grant total of $360,800. The grant money will be used for “robot upgrades for its new bomb squad, hazmet detection and monitoring devices, statewide bomb squad training, and statewide hazmet training. (www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com11/14/11)