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FISHERS – To deal with a situation involving an active shooter, you certainly need training.

But you also need equipment, and now Fishers’ fire department is getting new protective equipment, should the worst happen here.

“It’s a helmet and a vest very similar to what you might see emergency responders using with the police department,” said Capt. John Mehling. “It can happen anywhere, we hope it never happens here (and) we hope it never happens anywhere, but if it does we want Fishers to be ready to respond.”

“It’s important equipment,” said John Erickson with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “It’s the kind of thing you have to be cautious about these days, and we certainly want our public safety community to be ready for that type of situation.”

Dozens of departments around the state will get money for other types of equipment, too.

The Lawrence fire department got $4,000 for a new thermal imaging camera, and so did Danville.

Carmel will receive $4,000 for a new in-vehicle helmet containment system, while Noblesville’s police department got more than $2,700 for new defibrillators.

“From a public safety standpoint I think it’s very very helpful,” said Erickson. “These are the kind of basic things that are hard to fit in a volunteer fire department or a small community’s budget, or even a large community’s budget.”

Meantime in Fishers, they’re thankful for the extra money to help keep their first responders safe.

“Everybody wants to go home the next day,” said Mehling. “Unfortunately the work we do puts us in these types of situations and anytime we can help protect our firefighters, we’ve got to take those steps.”

According to state officials, awards were given to 112 recipients in 62 counties.:

Adams

  • Adams County was awarded $1,000 for a laptop computer.
  • Preble Volunteer Fire Fighting Association was awarded $4,000 for personal protective equipment.

Allen

  • Allen County was awarded $3,491 for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with training and replacement pads.
  • City of Fort Wayne Police Department was awarded $3,832 for a mask mounted communication unit.

Bartholomew

  • Southwest Bartholomew Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for extrication saws.

Clark

  • Clark County was awarded $4,000 for casualty response kits for the sheriff’s department.

Clay

  • Clay City, Harrison Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for National Fire Protection Association-compliant self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) gear.
  • Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $4,000 for a thermal imaging camera.
  • Lewis Township Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $4,000 for a thermal imaging camera.
  • Posey Township Clay County Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,915 for fire hoses.

Clinton

  • City of Frankfort Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for blitz nozzles.
  • Rossville Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,999.96 for fire hose replacement.

Daviess

  • City of Washington Fire Department was awarded $3,825 for extrication equipment.
  • Elnora-Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,999.99 for three sets of turnout gear.
  • Town of Odon Police Department was awarded $4,000 for radios.
  • Town of Montgomery Fire Department was awarded $3,875 for adapter fittings, a low level strainer, and a ball intake valve.

Decatur

  • City of Greensburg Fire Department was awarded $199 for a TV connection to run emergency management software.
  • Decatur County was awarded $3,999 for a patient rescue and treatment sled.

Delaware

  • City of Muncie Fire Department was awarded $3,975.34 for SCBA equipment, audio-alarm kits, a communications system, and shoulder straps for air cylinders.
  • Delaware County EMS was awarded $4,000 for reflective vests.
  • Town of Daleville was awarded $3,400 for body cameras to be used by the police department.

Fayette

  • City of Connersville Fire Department was awarded $3,660.76 for two sets of turnout gear.
  • Everton Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,948 for a nozzle and fire hoses.

Floyd

  • Georgetown Township Fire Protection District, Board of Fire Trustees was awarded $4,000 for a SCBA dual fill station.

Fountain

  • City of Attica Police Department was awarded $4,000 for a computer small business server to maintain incident reporting.

Franklin

  • Eagle Fire Company of Oldenburg was awarded $3,898 for an AED, evacuation chair, and water nozzle.

Fulton

  • Aubbeenaubbee Township of Fulton County was awarded $3,900 for structural firefighting coats.

Gibson

  • Gibson County Columbia Township Volunteer Fire Department Inc. was awarded $4,000 for fire hoses.
  • Oakland City Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for radios.
  • Town of Patoka Fire Department was awarded $1,848.98 for an AED, medical kit, and an oxygen delivery kit.
  • Town of Patoka Police Department was awarded $1,894.97 for an AED, medical kit, oxygen delivery kit, and a case.

Grant

  • Upland, Indiana Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,999.97 for firefighting helmets.

Greene

  • Center Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,800 for fire hoses.
  • Richland-Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $2,000 for nozzles.

Hamilton

  • City of Carmel Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for an in-vehicle helmet containment system.
  • City of Noblesville Police Department was awarded $2,790 for AEDs.
  • Town of Fishers was awarded $3,985 for active shooter personal protection equipment kits.

Harrison

  • Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a swift water rescue inflatable raft.

Hendricks

  • Town of Danville Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a thermal imaging camera.

Henry

  • Greensboro and Greensboro Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for helmets with shields, helmet lights, a protective coat, and a vital signs monitor.

Howard

  • City of Kokomo Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for trauma packs and trauma oxygen bags.
  • Howard County Sheriff was awarded $4,000 for battery powered lighting.

Huntington

  • Huntington County Sheriff was awarded $3,995 for a laptop and docking station.

Jackson

  • Brownstown Township Fire Protection District, Board of Fire Trustees was awarded $4,000 for computers, mounting equipment, and mapping software.
  • City of Seymour Fire Department was awarded $3,871.56 for 22 helmets.
  • Crothersville and Vernon Township Fire Department was awarded $3,508 for fire hoses, hoods and gloves, and baskets.
  • Owen Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,982.77 for air compressors, tire gauges, and an air hose with reel.

Johnson

  • Bargersville Community Fire Protection District, Board of Fire Trustees was awarded $1,946.12 for 22 rope rescue helmets.

Kosciusko

  • Town of Syracuse Police Department was awarded $3,878.40 for radios.

LaGrange

  • Topeka Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for voice pagers.
  • Town of Topeka Police Department was awarded $4,000 for computers.

Lake

  • City of East Chicago Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for fire hoses.
  • City of Hammond Fire Department was awarded $3,998.50 for rescue-grade rope, carabiner clips, and webbing.
  • City of Whiting Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for SCBA masks with voice amplifiers and mount kits.
  • Town of Schererville Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a vehicle stabilization kit.

LaPorte

  • Cass-Clinton Volunteer Fireman’s Association, Inc.  was awarded $4,000 for two gas air monitors.
  • City of LaPorte Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for an ice rescue sled and cold water survival suit.
  • Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,996.10 for radios.

Lawrence

  • City of Bedford Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for two multi-gas detector testing stations.

Madison

  • Town of Chesterfield was awarded $4,000 for AEDs.

Marion

  • City of Lawrence Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a thermal imaging camera.

Marshall

  • Town of Bremen Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for AEDs.

Martin

  • City of Loogootee Fire Department was awarded $3,956 for fire hoses and nozzles.

Miami

  • Mexico Community Fire Association was awarded $1,859 for a fire hose, adaptor, and couplings.

Monroe

  • Bloomington Township of Monroe County was awarded $4,000 for three structural firefighting turnout gear sets.
  • Indiana University Northwest was awarded $1,900 for training equipment for an active shooter situation.
  • Van Buren Township Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for AEDs.

Morgan

  • Green Township Volunteer Fire Rescue of Morgan County was awarded $3,995 for rescue dry suits and water rescue gloves.

Newton

  • Lake Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,798 for radios.
  • Town of Goodland Fire Department was awarded $3,879.34 for scene lighting, flashlights, lights with chargers, and helmet mounted flashlights.

Owen

  • Owen County EMS was awarded $4,000 for extrication gear.

Parke

  • JUGA (Jackson-Union-Green-Adams townships in Bellmore) Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a gear washer.
  • Town of Rockville Police Department was awarded $2,000 for computers and monitors.

Pike

  • City of Petersburg Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for turnout gear.
  • Lockhart Township of Pike County was awarded $4,000 for handheld radio equipment.

Porter

  • Hebron Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,250 for multi-gas monitors with pumps and calibration kits.
  • Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for rescue rope and air monitors.

Posey

  • Posey County EMS was awarded $3,975 for radios.
  • Town of Poseyville Fire Department was awarded $3,980 for radios.
  • Wadesville-Center Township Fire Protection District, Board of Fire Trustees was awarded $4,000 for pagers.
  • Smith Township Fire Department was awarded $2,282.94 for fire helmets.

Pulaski

  • Town of Francesville Fire Department was awarded $3,965.98 for helmets, flashlights, and rescue tools.

Putnam

  • City of Greencastle was awarded $4,000 for a laptop, mount, and docking station.

Randolph

  • White River Township was awarded $3,570 for turnout gear.

Ripley

  • City of Batesville Police Department was awarded $4,000 for radios.
  • Delaware Community Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,574 for rechargeable lights and chargers for flashlights.
  • Napoleon Volunteer Fire Company was awarded $4,000 for personal protective headwear and footwear.

Rush

  • Anderson Township of Rush County was awarded $2,387 for two rescue mannequins.

Scott

  • Scott County Sheriff was awarded $4,000 for radios.

Shelby

  • Moral Township of Shelby County was awarded $1,350 for an AED trainer, CPR mannequins, and first aid videos.
  • Morristown Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,244 for an AED, AED software, and reduced-energy electrodes.

Steuben

  • City of Angola Fire Department was awarded $3,600 for three multi-gas monitors.
  • Town of Orland Police Department was awarded $4,000 for a forward-looking infrared camera for tracking suspects and missing persons.

St. Joseph

  • Clay Civil Township Fire Department was awarded $3,939 for a smart board and carbon monoxide monitors.
  • Penn Township of St. Joseph County was awarded $4,000 for personal protective equipment.

Sullivan

  • Sullivan County Ambulance Service was awarded $3,017.98 for ventilator hook-ups and an infrared printer.

Tipton

  • City of Tipton Fire Department was awarded $3,988 for hazmat decontamination equipment.

Vanderburgh

  • City of Evansville Police Department was awarded $4,000 for a power generator and flat screen monitors.

Vigo

  • City of Terre Haute was awarded $2,398.25 for an AED, breathalyzers, and mouthpieces.
  • Pierson Township Volunteer Fire Protection Co. Inc. was awarded $4,000 for extrication equipment and hydraulic hoses.
  • Riley Fire Department was awarded $3,425 for rescue saws.
  • Sugar Creek Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a training mannequin and static rescue rope.

Warrick

  • City of Boonville was awarded $4,000 for a thermal imaging camera.

Washington

  • City of Salem Fire Department was awarded $3,892.50 for fire hoses.

Wayne

  • City of Richmond Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for a fire mask with ambient breathing valve, regulator, hot microphone, and dual earphones.

Wells

  • Nottingham Township of Wells County was awarded $3,970.40 for fire boots.
  • Uniondale Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $1,000 for a turnout gear washing machine.

White

  • City of Monticello Police Department was awarded $3,398 for AEDs.
  • Monon Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for an infrared camera.
  • Otterbein Area Volunteer Fire and Rescue was awarded $3,837.22 for turnout gear.
  • White County Emergency Management Agency was awarded $4,000 for a generator with light tower.

Whitley

  • Columbia Township of Whitley County was awarded $2,561.81 for computers.

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation is funded through the purchase of “Secure Indiana” license plates. These funds provide grants to public safety agencies and scholarships to students statewide.

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