Fire departments in LaPorte and and a town in Pulaski County are among the recipients of grants from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation. Statewide more than $370,000 was given to 101 recipients in 61 counties for critical needs. Eligible projects include equipping emergency responders with personal protective equipment, acquiring equipment for use by emergency responders, providing radios and technology equipment and training for emergency responders.
Funds come from the purchase of “Secure Indiana” license plates. Locally the town of Francesville was awarded $2,500 for life jackets. The Cass-Clinton Volunteer Fireman’s Association in Wanatah got $3,768 for fire suppression equipment, and the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department in LaPorte was awarded $3,460 to purchase rescue harnesses, mounting brackets and carabiners. The Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department in LaPorte County also received a maximum $4,000 award for stabilization equipment.