State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today congratulated the various Marion County Fire and Police Departments for being named recipients of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant funds.

Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can be used to help fund public safety projects in local communities throughout Ohio.

Local governments could apply for the grants for eligible projects, but the funding must be used for purchasing vehicles, equipment, facilities and/or systems utilized by police, fire, and/or EMS providers to enhance public safety.

“I am pleased to see the city of Marion utilize this grant process in order to improve their local safety needs,” Rep. Pelanda stated.

The grant will further aid Marion County emergency dispatch services in consolidating a total of 13 local safety partners by creating a centralized computer system.  The funding will be used to update and purchase the mobile CAD/RMS system, console radio, mobile radio, portable radio, and vehicle repeater.

The Local Government Innovation Council administers the program.

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