$18K Homeland Security Grant
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Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell has announced that the Chillicothe Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $18,891.00 from the Department of Homeland Security. The funding will be used to purchase a fire extinguisher training system.

"Training is the lifeblood of the Fire Service, and I am thankful for this new opportunity which will help keep residents and first responders of Chillicothe safer," said Chappell. Chappell stated that he was pleased that the city was awarded the grant thanks to the efforts of Chief Darrell Wright and his staff.

"The portable fire extinguisher training system for which it provides will help our firefighters train each other and also the business community." The AFG Program is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. These grants are awarded directly to fire and public safety departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responder personnel. Since 2001, AFG has provided about $6.7 billion to first-responder organizations.

Update October 9, 2017 - Six weeks ago, the Chillicothe Fire Department was awarded a $19,306 grant from the U.S. Fire Administration for a laser-driven fire extinguisher training program and equipment. On Monday, Chief Darrell Wright presented an ordinance to speed up the process for purchase approval. Before Monday, the City Administrator could approve a purchase under $10,000 without immediately presenting it to the council due to the monthly assembly of the council. Anything above $10,000 is required to be voted on by the council. In this case, the fire department received a grant specifically for the purchase with only a $949 match being required by the city of Chillicothe. The council did approve to allow City Administrator Darin Chappell the authority to approve the purchase, and the council will review the order at a later date. Chief Wright explained that due to the various fire extinguisher training classes provided by the department, the laser-driven program would save the city money usually spent on chemicals used throughout the year for those classes.

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