LEPC talks grants

Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Troy Anderson discussed with Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members about details for the Homeland Security Grants.

He noted there are two Homeland Security Grants, the fiscal year 10 and the fiscal year 11, which are worth $66,789 and $35,882, respectively.

“We decided we were going to handle two requests from Auglaize Acres,” Anderson said during Wednesday’s LEPC meeting.

The two requests were discussed by the Task Team Committee and are for a fuel tank to be replaced and for an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) for Auglaize Acres.

“In the past, we have bought AEDs for the fire departments, the courthouse, title office ...,” Anderson said.

They have never purchased AEDs for the county nursing home, so the committee thought it was a good idea.

Along with those two items, the committee looked at buying foam and replacing 11 buckets of foam at the Neil Armstrong Airport, in New Knoxville, which will be used to put out jet fuel fires and diesel fuel fires. Also on the list is a back-up generator for the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, which is to use the former Auglaize County Courthouse generator. It has yet to be put in place. An environmental study will be have to be done at the fairgrounds before this is project is approved.

This back-up generator will be used for temporary shelters in emergency situations, such as power outages.

“There is still paperwork to be done to get approved,” Anderson said.

This is a list of the items on the first Homeland Security Grant, and now the committee is planning to meet this month to talk about ideas for the fiscal year 11 grant.

A few items on the list are a generator for the airport, which can be used to light up grid lights so airplanes can fly supplies in during emergencies. This generator could also be pulled into school systems during power outages for temporary shelter.

Anderson noted that all of the items for each grant are ones that will benefit the county, and the committee is made up of law enforcement, school officials, health department officials, county commissioners and industry officials to help determine the needed projects and items in the county to use the grant money for.

FEMA has to approve the list of items for each grant, before the projects and items are officially approved.

In other LEPC business,  the members decided to make a scholarship available for those in the county looking for additional training and continuing education needs.

LEPC Board Chair and Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites noted that continuing education and training hours are needed for many law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.

“We had a grant request for $400 to send two firefighters to a weekend of training at the National Fire Academy, and we got to discuss this is important and why don’t we offer a little more,” Krites said.

He is referring to a $1,000 scholarship that LEPC will be offering to those in the county looking to continue their education and for training hours.

“Everyone thought it was a great idea, so we set up parameters,” Krites said.

A committee is currently working on the language of the scholarship.

A meeting will be held before the Jan. 2 LEPC meeting, so the scholarship can be ready and in place for 2013.