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FUNDS AWARDED TO OKLAHOMA FIRST RESPONDERS
Today Governor Brad Henry announced the awards for the initial phase of the Oklahoma First Responder Equipment Program. The program is a multi-phased approach to providing equipment, training and other support to first responders in Oklahoma.
"It is imperative that Oklahoma responders be equipped and trained to a level that will provide the best possible protection for our citizens," said Governor Brad Henry. "This is step one in meeting that mandate."
The funds are provided as part of a grant from the United States Department of Justice. Oklahoma is taking a unique, multi-phased approach in distributing the homeland security funds awarded to the state. Subsequent phases will include developing of regional response teams, enhancing communications capabilities, protecting critical infrastructure as well as placing needed equipment in areas where limited or no response capability presently exists.
"The funds for the first phase of the First Responder Equipment Program will be utilized by existing hazardous materials teams and bomb squads to replace items which have been expended or have expired," said Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob Ricks. "This will help ensure that our response teams on the front lines are properly equipped to respond in the event of an emergency." The first phase involves replacing items for existing response teams that have been expended or have expired so that they are properly equipped to respond in the event of an emergency.
Funds totaling $639,000 are being awarded to:
Chickasha Fire Department...............$35,554.00
The goal of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security First Responder Equipment Program is to quickly distribute these funds to meet the federal deadlines and to learn the states safety and security needs. Many factors were weighed in determining the best possible uses for these grants. Among those were training levels, threat potential and existing response capabilities.
"Oklahoma has seen first hand the devastation a terrorist act can wreak. We set the Oklahoma Standard in response and will continue to strive to meet and exceed that standard through the Oklahoma First Responder Equipment Program," said Governor Henry.
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