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Wise gives $31.1M for security

Communities, agencies to share grant for equipment, planning, training. To help local communities and the state prepare for terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction assaults, Gov. Bob Wise on Monday doled out $31.1 million in federal grants. Grants for equipment ranging from software and patrol boats to chemical decontamination units and hydraulic jacks for urban rescues, along with cash grants for planning and training, will be sprinkled across all 55 counties as well as 21 cities and 10 state agencies. “It’s a tremendous thing when we can do something that helps our police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders,” Wise said. “The distribution of this money will further enhance our homeland security efforts.” The grants are among about $3 billion meant to help all state and local governments provide aid to first responders. They form part of $41.4 billion in federal spending on domestic security during the fiscal year ending in September. Full Story

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