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Grant to cover paid EMS squad in county

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Henry County has been awarded two grants, including one that will allow the county to create a paid, 13-member EMS squad.

At Tuesday’s Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Tim Hall announced that a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant for which the board approved an application in October has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The $1,355,829 grant will cover the cost of 13 new EMS personnel for two years, Hall said, as well as the squad’s training coordination expenses.

The 13 personnel will be hired by early March, Hall said. He added that although the grant covers only two years of personnel costs, it is anticipated that the revenue to be generated by the new squad will cover future personnel costs.

“It is remarkable that we got everything we asked for,” Hall told the board. “It’s going to be a good thing for all of us, (and offer) better, more reliable service for our citizens.”

He did not give details on where the squad will be located and other aspects of it.

Currently, all the county’s rescue and EMS services are staffed by volunteers except six full-time and nine part-time career staff, as of February 2012.

Also Tuesday, the supervisors accepted a $205,000 grant for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Hall announced that the sheriff’s office had been awarded the grant, which is from the state Attorney General’s office and is comprised of federal asset forfeiture funds.

According to Hall, the grant process requires Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be presented today in Richmond. The grant was accepted unanimously by the board.

According to Hall, additional appropriation and contract awards generated by the grant will be determined at a future supervisors’ meeting.


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