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Louisa Fire & EMS is getting a $705,000 grant from FEMA

COUNTY OF LOUISA

Willie L. Gentry, Jr., Chairman Louisa County Board of Supervisors

Robert Dubé, County Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2011

Contact: Amanda Reidelbach, Public Information Officer

Phone: (540) 223-6929

Email: areidelbach@louisa.org

LOUISA COUNTY HAS RECEIVED OVER $1 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDING FOR FIRE AND EMS SINCE JULY 1, 2010

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – The Louisa County Department of Fire and Emergency Services received notification that it is the recipient of a $705,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will fund the replacement of outdated self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on all volunteer and career fire equipment in Louisa County.

The issue of out of date and substandard SCBA was noted the County of Louisa Fire & EMS Study, completed by the Virginia Fire Services Board in April 2010. The study stated, “It is recommended that County agencies standardize their equipment, such as air packs … all SCBA should meet current NFPA standards.”

County Administrator Robert Dubé said, “SCBA is one of the most critical components of a firefighter’s personal protective clothing. Having similar packs increases the interoperability of our system and provides for the maximum amount of personal safety for our firefighters, regardless if they are career or volunteer.”

“Providing for the health, safety and survival of our first responders is a critical part of our efforts and through this grant we can give our firefighters up-to-date equipment to keep them safe,” said Vice-Chairman Richard Havasy (Green Springs).

Louisa County has made substantial investments to advance the delivery of fire and emergency medical services by committing to providing twenty-four hour, seven days a week, professional fire and EMS services to the citizens and visitors of Louisa County, financing a state-of-the art training facility and consolidation of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services System.

Since July 1, 2010, a total of $1,068,147 in grant funding has been awarded to support the county’s commitment to creating a solid framework for the consolidated system.

  • $10,000 for training
  • $166,000 to assist with purchasing the first of two replacement ambulance
  • $144,000 to assist with purchasing the second of two replacement ambulance
  • $17,500 to support the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • $25,000 for emergency preparedness
  • $705,467 to fund the replacement of outdated self-contained breathing apparatus

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