Loyall Fire Chief Vern Guffy told members of the Loyall City Council his department received a Homeland Security Communications grant in the amount of $9,752 during a recent meeting.
“You all remember me telling you about a grant I applied for to obtain radios, well that is moving along,” said Guffy. “We have already received the radios, the police chief has a new base station and two more handheld radios. I have two more mobiles in my truck, so that finished up the trucks with mobile radios. I got five handheld radios and six pagers. We just have paperwork to finish this grant up.”
Guffy said he is still searching the Internet for a fire truck the city can afford.
“I just keep searching and we’ll see where that goes,” said Guffy.
Also approved during the meeting was a mutual agreement between Loyall Fire Department, Harlan Fire Department and Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department.
Guffy said this is just a written agreement that each of these fire departments will help the other if the need arises.
“We do this anyway,” said Guffy. “This is just paperwork we need to do.”
City Treasurer Mandy Longworth said in the agreement if a fire vehicle belonging to one of the other departments “tears up” while they are assisting the Loyall Fire Department they are responsible for the costs.
“Once we do this, this will help us in applying for grants,” said Guffy. “It also helps with ISO ratings. Right now I have a verbal agreement with Harlan Fire Department. What you guys may not know is if I am paged out to fire in the daytime, most of my firefighters are on their jobs working and not available. I don’t have to get on the phone and holler at Harlan, if they know what is going on they are coming to assist. I know this.”
A motion was made and seconded to approve this mutual agreement.
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