By Hannah Poling
Near the end of 2022, Pleasant Township Fire Chief Dave Whiting applied for two grants through the Ohio Township Association Risk Management Authority.
At a recent board meeting, Whiting announced that the township was awarded two grants – one in the amount of $1,000 and the other for $500. The funds were used for miscellaneous needs throughout the station.
In other news, the Pleasant Township Fire Department has an opportunity to send one firefighter to Austin, Texas for training in the extensive computer software used in the department. According to Whiting, although they have had the software, the department never received full training on all of the software’s many uses, and that it would be beneficial to have a full understanding of its capabilities.
“If you pay that kind of money for a program, you should really know how it all works,” Whiting said.
The fire chief said that the trip would be under $2,000. The Jackson Township Fire Department is also sending a representative from their department and offered to share a room with the member from Pleasant Township to cut down on costs.
Trustee Randi Good said this is an invaluable opportunity.
“We don’t know what all this program can do so I think it’s a really good idea,” she said.