Currently in the state of Georgia, there are 5 GSAR Teams. They are located at:
· Georgia SAR Central - Macon/Bibb County and Houston County
· Georgia SAR Metro - Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Clayton Counties, and City of Atlanta
· Tifton SAR South
· Columbus SAR West Central Georgia
Analysis: The state is providing the funds for new equipment and the maintenance of equipment already received from the state.
Financial Considerations: The grant is for equipment maintenance amounting to $117,320, with no matching funds required.
Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive these funds.
Recommendation/Action: Approval is requested to accept a grant of $117,320 or as otherwise awarded, from the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program the maintenance of equipment received as part of the West Central Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) Team and to amend Multi-Governmental Fund by like amount with no matching funds required.
WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has been approved by the Governors office to fund the GSAR team; and,
WHEREAS, the maintenance of equipment requested in the grant proposal will greatly enhance the current emergency response program; and,
WHEREAS, the funds have been allocated through the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program; and,
WHEREAS, the equipment will be utilized to respond to heavy rescue emergencies to Columbus and the surrounding counties; and,
WHEREAS, this grant proposal requires no matching funds.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES: