Dec 1, 2013

Grant helps county be more prepared for an emergency

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will soon be more prepared in case an emergency arises. The agency received $42,000 from the Ohio Homeland Security Grant Program. The grant is to be used for the implementation of state homeland security strategies that address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs.

“The program dollars are designed to enhance the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents,” said ODPS Director John Born. “Ohio is committed to providing the support and guidance necessary to keep our counties and communities safe.”

Mindy Saylor, director of the Darke County EMA, announced the funds will be used for a mass casualty trailer. The trailer will be in place at high profile events in the county that draw large numbers of persons. Saylor believes having the trailer on site with supplies readily accessible during an emergency could save lives. Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker explained, “It’s like buying an insurance policy. We hope we never have to use it.”

In addition to Saylor and Whittaker, the grant writing team included Kurt Troutwine, chief of Arcanum Fire; Steve Wenning, chief of Greenville Township Rescue; Jean Buxton, Versailles EMS; Mark Wolf, chief of Greenville Fire; and Josh Haney, EMA specialist for Darke County.

Nearly $4 million was available to all 88 counties in the state. No matching funds were needed and only 15 grants were awarded across the state.
On-hand for the check presentation were Chief Kurt Troutwine, Chief Mark Wolf, Jean Buxton, Chief Steve Wenning, Andrew Elder of the Ohio EMA, Mindy Saylor, Josh Haney and Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. (Ryan Berry photo)

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