Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security offers emergency response grants

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) recently announced three grant funding opportunities for emergency response organizations.

The grants are for communications equipment, the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program and the enhancement of special operations capabilities, according to a DEMHS newsletter.

The grant for communications equipment is intended to enhance police, fire and emergency service's ability to communicate throughout Vermont. The Vermont Communications Steering Committee will prioritize requests based on need. The grant does not apply to labor, installation or travel fees, the extension of warrantees or other factors.

The Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program provides funding for mobile data terminals or tablets and training with one additional cruiser mount. The grant will also fund license plate readers with three-year maintenance costs and training, as well as a MorphoTrak fingerprint scanning machines with printers, training and first-year maintenance costs.

The Special Operations Capabilities Enhancement grant is intended for the agencies of the Urban Search and Rescue Team, Wildland Search and Rescue or the Vermont Bomb Squad. The grant will provide training in a variety of areas, as well as equipment including robots, bomb suits, x-ray tools and portable power supplies.

Applications for all three grants are due no later than Aug. 8.