On Friday afternoon, the Durant City Council met for a special meeting to discuss the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Emergency Vehicle Acquisition. Durant Fire Department Deputy Chief Marc Hall said the department needs a new reserve engine.
“We need to replace our reserve engine, which is 22 years old,” he said. “It’s on its last leg.”
Grants Coordinator Becca Parr said the fire department will be asking for a grant of $500,000 which requires a 10% cash match from the city. The council members approved applying for the grant and the cash match.
The Durant Fire Department also plans to apply to the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Firefighter Operational and Safety Equipment. Hall said part of this grant will be used for new positive pressure ventilation fans.
“The ones we have now are 17 years old,” he said.
This grant also will require a 10% cash match from the city. The council members approved application for the grant and the cash match.
A public hearing was held for the application phase regarding the 2012 Community Development Block Grant Small Cities Application for the Airport Water Tower Upgrade Project.
Parr said, “This is just an opportunity for anybody that needs to ask questions.”