FORT WAYNE – In an effort to give first responders proper equipment and technology, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has approved $373,804 in grants to fire departments, law enforcement agencies and emergency medical services statewide.
A breakdown of where money went in the area, according to homeland security:
•The Aboite Township Volunteer Fire Department received $4,000 to buy a live-fire extinguishing system. The technology will allow firefighters to train at different levels in a safe, low-cost, reusable and environmentally friendly way.
•The Markle Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit received $2,196 to buy protective gloves, information technology equipment and training material.
•The Clay Township Volunteer Fire Department received $3,926 to buy breathing apparatuses, six air bottles and an air mask.
•The LaOtto-Swan Township Volunteer Fire Department received $4,000 to buy pagers.
•The Angola Fire Department received $4,000 to buy an air bag system that will be used for lifting assistance and extrications.
•The Nottingham Township Volunteer Fire Department received $3,995 to buy two sets of turnout gear, which protects firefighters.