MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Marion Rural Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a grant for more than $600,000.
The $660,415.00 grant will replace equipment and provide "more efficient on scene communications and a safer working environment for emergency responders," according to Brandon Ellis, director of Emergency Management and Communications.
The Marion Rural Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the grant, which will provide communications equipment to all nine fire departments in Marion County, as well as Marion County Emergency Medical Services.
New portable radios and mobile radios will allow first responders to operate on both analog and digital radio systems, which will "pave the way for continued interoperability among county emergency responders, as well as with neighboring counties and state agencies," according to the news release, issued by Ellis.
Under requirements of the AFG Grant Program, a 10 percent cost share is required for this grant at a sum of $66,041.50 This cost share will be provided by the County of Marion, requiring no out of pocket expenses to the fire departments.