DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office introduced the county has been awarded grants totaling almost $500,000 To commerce outdated emergency response gear.
“We now have made good strides in bolstering up our 1970’s know-how,” sassist Sheriff Nick Welden. “Most of It is not serviceable, As a Outcome of of parts Not being produced. We pray on A daily basis that We do not get a lightning strike. We now have utilized short-term fixes Similar to; FirstNet as a band assist and purchased second hand used gear So as To current Regulation Enforcement, Hearth and EMS providers to the residents of Dekalb County.”
“The time has come that We’re pressured to make exhausting decisions. As a Outcome of of The fact that no money has ever been placeed in reserve or budgeted To Sustain with know-how, We’re placeed in A very troublesome place. We now have a obligation To go away The subsequent period of Emergency Responders with A gooder system than we have been left with. The strain placeed on our outdated system by COVID-19 response has elevated the urgency of this enterprise by multiples.”
Buying these grants was a joint effort between the DeKalb County Hearth Departments, Rescue Squads, 911, EMA and municipal police departments.