Agenda Item # 7
Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

January 27, 2015

Agenda Report # 75

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant

INITIATED BY: Columbus Fire and EMS Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a grant in the amount of $13,762.73 or as otherwise awarded from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase a BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training System and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded.

Background: Funds have been allocated to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of the BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training Program to be utilized by Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The Fire Prevention Division will use the equipment to train citizens of Columbus on how to properly/safely use a fire extinguisher. The BullEx Program is environmentally safe; past extinguisher training called for the use of class A materials and an accelerant to produce fire for extinguishment. The BullEx Program uses advanced laser technology to simulate the discharge of a fire extinguisher for a completely clean, safe and cost effective training experience. Fire extinguisher training can now be conducted indoors as well as outdoors; allowing for a greater number of citizens to be trained. Citizens can now be trained in schools, workplaces, or anywhere emergencies may occur. The training system collects data allowing for immediate trainee feedback to ensure fire extinguisher proficiency.

Analysis: Firehouse Subs is providing the funds for the BullEx system and will send the department the funds for purchase.

Financial Considerations: This grant is for equipment amounting to $13,762.73, 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 for equipment totaling $13,762.73 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ACCEPT A GRANT FOR EQUIPMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $13,762.73 OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, FROM THE FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION, AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED. THE BULLEX FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING SYSTEM WILL BE UTILIZED BY COLUMBUS FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES TO TRAIN CITIZENS OF COLUMBUS HOW TO PROPERLY/SAFELY USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. THE BULLEX FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING SYSTEM USES ADVANCED LASER TECHNOLOGY TO SIMULATE THE DISCHARGE OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR A COMPLETELY CLEAN, SAFE AND COST EFFECTIVE TRAINING EXPERIENCE. FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING CAN BE CONDUCTED INDOORS AS WELL AS OUTDOORS; ALLOWING FOR A GREATER NUMBER OF CITIZENS TO BE TRAINED. CITIZENS CAN NOW BE TRAINED IN SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES, OR ANYWHERE EMERGENCIES MAY OCCUR. DATA COLLECTION DURING TRAINING ALLOWS FOR IMMEDIATE TRAINEE FEEDBACK, ENSURING FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROFICIENCY.


WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has been approved by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to fund the BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training Program equipment; and,

WHEREAS, the equipment requested in the grant proposal will greatly enhance the fire prevention division’s efforts in fire extinguisher training; and,

WHEREAS, the funds have been allocated through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation; and,

WHEREAS, the equipment will be utilized to train citizens how to properly/safely operate a fire extinguisher; and,

WHEREAS, this grant proposal requires no matching funds.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:


That the City Manager is hereby authorized to accept a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant for equipment totaling $13,762.73, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match requirements, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held on the_______ day of __________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.



Councilor Allen voting _______________.
Councilor Baker voting _______________.
Councilor Barnes voting _______________.
Councilor Buck voting. _______________.
Councilor Davis voting _______________.
Councilor Henderson voting _______________.
Councilor Huff voting _______________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _______________.
Councilor Thomas voting _______________.
Councilor Woodson voting _______________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor