Friday, April 4, 2008

Sen. Chance secures needed public safety funding for Fayette County

State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has secured much-needed funding for Fayette County public safety services in the Fiscal Year 2009 state budget. This new funding, totaling $200,000, will be appropriated to Fayette County for the planning, design and construction of a new emergency operations center and public safety facility. In addition, $9000 in new funding will be used to purchase thermal imaging devices for the Fayette County Fire Department.

“I am pleased to have been a part of this process, which will provide improved emergency response and public safety services in Fayette County,” said Sen. Chance. “I’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Fayette County public safety and EMS personnel. Their commitment to public safety and the well-being of Fayette citizens is to be commended.”

Sen. Chance requested this important local assistance funding for Fayette County in the FY 09 budget, which was approved recently in the General Assembly. The state will begin the process of appropriating all local assistance funding on July 1, 2008.

“This funding will go toward the emergency operations center that is the heart of these activities,” said Chairman Jack Smith of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased that Senator Chance has secured this funding for the emergency operations center and public safety facility. This is another example of county and state officials working collaboratively to fund critical infrastructure in Fayette County.”

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