State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) today congratulated the City of Springfield Fire Rescue Division for being named a recipient 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.

“We must always support public safety,” said Rep. Koehler.  “The Local Government Safety Capital Grant does just that.  By providing a source of funds, we can help local agencies field the dollars where they are most needed.  Giving local control to these state funds is the best way to help police, firefighters, and EMS providers do their very important jobs.” 

With this funding, the City of Springfield Fire Rescue Division will be able to add a response apparatus storage facility to their Fire Station No. 3. This storage facility is needed due to the existing apparatus area door height being too small. This Fire Station is home to a combination company that operates a Fire Engine and an EMS Ambulance response vehicle.

The Local Government Innovation Council administers the program.

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