The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security awarded Trigg County with a $66,926.52 grant to improve upgrade and place radio communications equipment and systems, according to a July 15 release.

The Trigg County grant application was one of 61 considered for these funds awarded through the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

Improving radio communications and systems is vital to maintaining a community’s public safety when responding to a 911 medical emergency.

“I am proud of the investment that is being made in our local communities,” Rep. Walker Thomas said. “These grants will aid our first responders as they improve our area’s safety and security. This is an important and necessary step in ensuring we can effectively respond to any emergency situation.”

The current statute provides $3 million in available funding for the 2020 911 competitive grant cycle. By law, all grant funding is directed to projects that will help Kentucky develop Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities.

“This is great news for our community and for our brave first responders who will be well equipped to tackle any situation that may arise.” Rep. Larry Elkins said. “It is important that our local officials have the resources available to update the technology necessary to ensure that our citizens are being served safely and effectively.”

This grant was made possible by the State Homeland Security Grant Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the State Homeland Security Grant Program provides resources to city and county governments, special taxing districts, and public school districts to purchase first responder equipment, communications equipment, critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity protection.

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