Local Calhoun Volunteer Fire Departments receive Homeland Security grants

The Calhoun County Commissioners approved Wednesday morning two separate Homeland Security grants for local volunteer fire departments to purchase new communication equipment.

Both the Magnolia Beach and Six Mile volunteer fire departments received separate grants, totaling nearly thirty thousand dollars. Magnolia Beach received nearly five thousand dollars for a mobile radio unit for their vehicles. The Six Mile volunteer fire department received just over twenty three thousand dollars to purchase six portable radio units. County Commissioner Vern Lyssy says the new equipment will improve both response time and communication between other agencies.

“Response times should be a lot quicker. So, to be able to communicate who’s getting the truck, who’s meeting at the site, so they don’t have to go to one area then go straight to the site. Volunteer fire departments are very limited in funding, so, any time we can get ahead by using this grant process… it’s great.”

Commissioner Lyssy expects the new communication equipment to arrive by March or April of next year.