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Catoosa County recently invested in the future if its fire department by approving the purchase of new uniforms, as well as equipment to help in a variety of rescue scenarios.
Fire Chief Randy Camp addressed the county commissioners Tuesday night, March 21, and proposed purchasing uniforms for department employees rather than renting them, as has been the practice for the past few years.
Walker County Emergency Services is seeking to fill nine new firefighter positions.
The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay their salaries.
On Dec. 27, WCES officials received notification that the department had been approved for the grant, which will provide $697,000 over the next two years.
“It’s to help the staffing levels of a fire department or to help with positions that have been cut back,” Walker County fire chief Randy Camp said.
On Tuesday Catoosa County commissioners unanimously approved a bid for two new warning sirens to be installed in the county as part of the Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) ongoing efforts to better warn citizens during emergencies and natural disasters.
The new high-tech outdoor sirens will be placed at Ringgold High School and Lakeview Middle School, according to EMA director Steve Quinn, who also serves as battalion chief for Catoosa County Fire and Rescue.