Three Highland County fire departments were awarded state grants for MARCS radios and user fees, the State Fire Marshal’s office announced last week.
The awards included:
• Highland County North Joint Fire District, $49,500.
• Lynchburg Area Joint Fire & Ambulance, $48,397.
• Southern Highland Joint Fire District, $48,902.
MARCS is a radio system that is used across the state by emergency personnel and will help improve communication efforts during emergencies, making communities safer, according to a press release. The awards were part of $3 million that were given out statewide to fire departments.
In June 2015, Gov. John R. Kasich signed the State of Ohio Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget, which included $3 million to be used for the grant.
Pictured from left are: Deputy Chief Jeff Hussey, State Fire Marshal’s office; Jeff Duncan, Highland County commissioner; Ken Davis, board president, Highland County North Joint; Chief Kenny Stevens, Highland County Joint North; Chief Jeff Turner, Lynchburg Joint Fire/EMS; John Baker, board president, Southern Highland Joint Fire District; Chief Kevin Mosley, Southern Highland Joint Fire District; William Edenfield, board member, Lynchburg Joint Fire/EMS; Marty Bailey, board member, Lynchburg Joint Fire/EMS; Joe Fraysier, board member, Lynchburg Joint Fire/EMS.