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Posted on: August 16, 2018

Edwardsville Fire Department Awarded $1 Million Grant for Regional Fire Agencies

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On January 22, 2018, the Edwardsville City Council adopted Resolution 2018-03 authorizing the Edwardsville Fire Department to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with area fire agencies to submit a cooperative grant through the regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for the purchase of personal protective equipment.

The department was alerted in late July that the grant was awarded in the amount of $1,103,731 with a matching requirement of $110,373. Per the conditions of the MOU, participating agencies agreed to provide a 10% contribution to the total matching requirements for their approved items. Edwardsville's contribution comes to approximately $11,037. This amount will be funded through the City's special sales tax, which was established in 2014 for purchases related to Fire/EMS equipment, street improvements, as well as parks and recreation activity. The items included in the original grant application included SCBA packs with harness, backpack and face piece, RIT packs including regulators and face pieces, breathing air compressors and fill stations, as well as voice amplifiers and snap adapter tool kits. Approximately $17,000 worth of equipment was not included in the final award and will likely be presented to the City Council for purchase at a later date.

This grant  marks the most recent significant award on the part of the Edwardsville Fire Department, who has been successful in obtaining grants for other equipment and personal protective gear. At the group's August 13, 2018 meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution 2018-19 formally accepting the grant and authorizing EFD to execute the terms of the MOU as per the recommendation of Fire Chief Tim Whitham (pictured). The Edwardsville Fire Department is acting as the fiscal agent for the award and will be tasked with distributing the awarded equipment and keeping track of individual agencies' matching obligations. 

The next step in the process is to solicit prices for the equipment and for the Edwardsville City Council to authorize the expenditure from the Special Sales Tax Fund, which is expected to take place at the group's September 24, 2018 meeting.

The other agencies who participated in the grant application include:

  • Bonner Springs Fire Department

  • Olathe Fire Department

  • Alexandria Township Fire Department

  • Fairmount Township Fire Department

  • Fire District #1 Leavenworth County

  • Reno Township Fire Department

  • Sherman Township Fire Department

  • Stranger Township Fire Department

  • Tonganoxie Township Fire Department

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