December 20, 2007

HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING KEEPS IDAHO PREPARED

Crapo says $200,000 will upgrade rural communications, equipment

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says ten Idaho jurisdictions will split about $200,000 in new federal funding for disaster preparedness, communications and training. The grants were announced today as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program.

"These grants are an important source of funding to improve our emergency response capabilities in rural states like Idaho," Crapo said. "Congress allocates these funds through the Department of Homeland Security to help rural law enforcement and fire operations upgrade their communications systems, records and equipment."

Idaho entities receiving the funds include:

• Bannock County Sheriff's Office, $11,500
• City of Wendell Police Department, $11,500
• Cottonwood Police Department, $11,500
• Gooding City Police Department, $11,794
• Lewis-Clark State College, $11,500
• Madison County Sheriff's Office, $12,919
• Orofino Police Department, $38,764
• Rexburg Police Department, $24,175
• Star Joint Fire Protection District, $30,935
• State of Idaho Hazardous Materials Regional Response, $30,935