By Amanda Ensinger
Franklin Township Assistant Fire Chief Chas Adams announced that the fire department have received a grant worth over $100,000.
“We received a FEMA grant that is worth $164,000,” Adams said at a recent board meeting. “We applied for the grant in 2018 and were just informed we received it.”
According to Adams, this is the second time the township applied for the grant and the first time they have received it.
“The funds from the grant will be used to buy the breathing apparatuses we desperately need,” he said.
The breathing apparatuses the township has are more than 12 years old and are supposed to be replaced after 10 years.
In order to receive the funds, the township had to match 10 percent of the grant.
“We are paying $16,000 and the grant will pay the rest,” Adams said. “These funds are coming from the fire department fund; not the general fund.”
According to the assistant fire chief, without grants like this, the department would not have the resources it needs.
“We don’t have all the funds we need to purchase this life-saving equipment,” Adams said. “Without grants like this we wouldn’t be able to do the business we do.”
The township plans on applying for the grant next year as well and hopes to secure funding for radios and other essential equipment.
“We also will be looking at a levy renewal in 2021,” Adams said.” Our current levy was a five-year renewal, so we will be looking to renew that to ensure we have proper staffing.”
Adams said they also are looking at other potential levies that won’t increase taxes.
“We understand residents in this community live on fixed incomes and we don’t want to add any financial burden to them.” Adams said. “With this in mind, we are looking at other alternative funding streams that will support our department and not strain residents financially.”