North Carrollton Mayor Ken Strachan recently announced that the town’s Homeland Security Grant was approved.
Strachan received the FY 2019 award notification letter Thursday. The amount awarded is $33,700 through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security.
“The town applied for the grant to help get equipment for our first responders. There is no match. We appreciate the town being able to acquire the funding,” Strachan said.
The equipment applied for in the grant includes Viking Warrior-Nomax Turnout gear for the fire department and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) and accessories.
Strachan had called on state Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for support in helping the town with the funding. The equipment will be property of the town.
“Our small-town volunteer fire departments are the front- line responders for our rural communities. The grants we receive, such as this one, make our citizens safer and keep our first responders safer as they go about their work to serve and protect,” Sen. Chassaniol said.
The grant was written through North Central Planning and Development.
“I appreciate the work of Chris Pope with NCPDD and CNCVFD Chief Jake Hurst in the efforts to apply for this funding,” Strachan said.
“This will be a great help for public safety for North Carrollton, and I’m glad that we were able to get this done. Our first responders deserve our vigilant support, as they work to keep our families safe,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said.
Strachan said this was an example of local and state government working together. In the budget approved in September, the town board kept the millage rate the same, and “acquiring funding like this helps us to keep taxes low and get equipment our first responders need,” the mayor said.
Representatives of the town will attend a grant workshop held in Jackson later this month for recipients of Homeland Security funding.