ROANOKE, Va. – Local fire departments will get some much-needed equipment thanks to a state grant.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management awarded Roanoke Fire-EMS more than $161,000 for the VDEM Regional 6 Special Operations teams.
One grant is for the Swift Water and Heavy Technical Rescue Programs, and the second is for the Hazardous Materials Team. Both grants will help first responders better respond to swift water rescue and hazardous waste calls.
Since the department is part of regional swift water rescue and hazardous materials teams with other localities, the city will disperse the funds to other local departments, like Salem, Roanoke County and Franklin County.
The VDEM Division 6 Swift Water Team is made up of personnel from Roanoke Fire-EMS, Salem Fire & EMS and Franklin County Department of Public Safety.
The VDEM Region 6 Heavy Technical Rescue Team is made up of personnel from Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, Salem Fire & EMS and Franklin County Department of Public Safety.
The VDEM Region 6 Hazardous Materials Team is made up of personnel from Roanoke Fire-EMS and Salem Fire & EMS.
The money will be used to buy things like life jackets, motors, chemical leak control kits and more.