October 16, 2003

Homeland Security Awards Scotland County $144,000 For New Fire Truck

Just months after replacing the rescue unit the Scotland County Fire Department learned on October 8 that it will now be able to add a new pumper truck to firemens fleet thanks to a federal grant.

Senator Jim Talent announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) will send the Scotland County Rural Fire Department up to $144,000 in federal dollars to purchase the new fire truck.

Anytime you can bring in federal money like this it is just going to be a plus for the local folks, said Scotland County Fire Chief Roger Gosney. The community is going to get the benefit of the service of the new fire truck that will let them see their federal tax dollars at work right here at home.

The announcement came during the National Fire Prevention Week and was part of more than $11 million that have been distributed over the last year in Missouri alone as part of the Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments to enhance and support their abilities to respond to fires and other emergencies in their communities.

Im encouraged by the progress we have made in the Senate this year, and believe we will do even more to protect the American people from the threat of terrorism, Sen. Talent said. Missouri firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us. It is important that we provide our first responders with the training, equipment and resources they need to do their jobs and protect our citizens. I appreciate the Administration for delivering this funding quickly to support Scotland County first responders.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will distribute more than $750 million in grants to local firefighters across the nation.

This grant will help us update our pumper trucks, Gosney said. I believe our newest pumper truck is a 1982 model, so its been a while since we have been able to take a step like this.

The fire department will have to make a 10% match for the purchase of the truck. This will allow a total purchase price of up to $160,000 with $144,000 coming from the grant with a $16,000 local match. The fire department serves both the City of Memphis and the Scotland County Rural Fire Corporation.

Gosney praised the work of fireman Walt Marlowe, who handled the grant application and did all of the legwork that will result in the department getting a new truck.

The Scotland County Fire Department was not the only local agency to benefit from DHS grants this year. The Baring Fire Department received $21,889 for fire operations and firefighter safety. The Downing Fire Department, which currently is building a new fire station, received $24,486 to help purchase firemen safety equipment. Rutledge was given a $5,130 grant for fire operations.

Other local grants went to Unionville ($62,568); Revere ($45,000) and Wyaconda ($23,351).

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