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Americus Fire Department gets grant

October 2, 2006

Americus-  The Americus Fire Department will get more than $83,000 from the state to improve its Hazardous Matrials Response Team. 

The grant is part of a 1.7 billion dollar Homeland Security Grant program, designed to enhance urban areas and prepare them for a possible terrorist attack. The Americus HazMat Team has been in place for five years and services several surrounding counties.

"We have about a 20 man, HazMat Team, and we have a HazMat Truck and we service the surrounding areas and any time we have a need for HazMat, a chemical spill we always need some more equipment to upgrade our Hazmat Team," said Chief Allen Erkhart, Americus Fire Department. 

The money can be used for planning, organization, equipment, training, exercises, management and administration. Each year HazMat Team members must be trained on new technics for dealing with hazardous situations.

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