The Cobb County Board of Commissioners accepted four grants on Nov. 12 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Totaling $167,018, these grants will be passed to Cobb through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency:
- $68,550 to buy a Bomb Team vehicle, with complete outfitting, to enhance law enforcement preparedness and operations. Annual preventative maintenance, repair and gasoline costs are estimated at about $11,800 for a vehicle similar to the recommended Ford F-350, which will be absorbed in the operating budget.
- $49,000 to buy a police K9 vehicle that cannot exceed $43,000 and will replace an existing police K9 vehicle that has reached the end of its service life. The remaining $6,000 will allow the purchase of equipment, animal supplies and veterinarian expenses for the unit.
- $25,010 to buy eight personal radiation detectors for a total of around $8,800 and purchase one Gamma/Neutron Area-based Radiological Detector for $16,211 - all for the Bomb Team.
- $24,458 for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES) to maintain, repair and replace equipment for Cobb’s Georgia Search and Rescue Team (GSAR) team and vehicle. These regional GSAR teams are placed throughout Georgia and funded by federal Homeland Security grant monies. This effort provides equipment, vehicles, maintenance and training to these specialized response teams for enhanced regional response capabilities for urban search and rescue operations. As a member and host agency for one of these teams, CCFES was awarded initial and ongoing grants for the equipment and vehicle now owned, housed and maintained by Cobb County.
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