Fire department receives grant

By Charity Keitel
Miami County Republic – May 3, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – June 15, 2017

The expense of setting up a reserve dispatch and emergency operations center will be a little easier for Osawatomie to manage thanks to a generous donation recently received by the Osawatomie Fire Department.

According to a press release, fire officials learned earlier this month a grant request to the First Option Bank Trust Foundation was approved in the amount of $18,968. The grant was funded through the Dean and Cleta Smith Charitable Fund.

“By receiving this grant, I believe the city will really benefit by having a backup dispatch center and an emergency operations center (EOC) to activate on large-scale responses and disasters,” said Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love in the press release.

Love said the emergency operations center will be constructed at the same time the existing fire department is being renovated. Currently, the building at Seventh and Walnut Streets houses both the fire department and the city’s electric shop. However, according to the press release, in the future, when the electric shop employees are moved to the public works building, the entire space will be expanded solely for the fire department’s use.

“In addition to the standard EOC capabilities, this will also include shortwave and amateur radio equipment as a back-up means of long-range communication,” Love said in the release.

Recently, the department also received a $1,500 grant from the Walmart Distribution Center in Ottawa. The grant will be used for fire hose and nozzles. Another grant was received by the Osawatomie Fire Department for $1,000 from the Walmart in Paola as part of the retailer’s community grant program and will be used toward the same purpose.

In addition, early last week, according to the press release, the fire department received a donation for $325 from the Osawatomie First United Methodist Church during the church’s annual emergency services appreciation dinner. Love said the money will be used for the department’s public relations efforts.


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