Agenda Item # 1
Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

January 6, 2015

Agenda Report # 62

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program

INITIATED BY: Columbus Fire and EMS Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a grant for equipment totaling $19,999.98, or as otherwise awarded, from the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program.

Background: Funds have been allocated to the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program for the purchase of equipment to be utilized by the West Central Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) Team. This team was formed to improve responses to heavy rescue emergencies to the citizens of Columbus and surrounding counties. Heavy search-and-rescue involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is most often the cause of victims being trapped, but victims may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines and collapsed trenches.

Currently in the state of Georgia, there are 5 GSAR Teams. They are located at:


The GSAR teams will be able to respond to incidents across the state under mutual aid, but the local jurisdictions will own the vehicles and equipment. The goal of the GSAR teams is to have a four-hour response capability anywhere in the state.

Analysis: The state is providing the funds for the equipment and will purchase the equipment for the city.

Financial Considerations: The grant is for equipment amounting to $19,999.98, with no matching funds required.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive these funds.

Recommendation/Action: Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant for equipment totaling $19,999.98 from the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program.


A RESOLUTION
NO. ______


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ACCEPT A GRANT FOR EQUIPMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $19,999.98, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, FROM THE 2014 HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM. THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE UTILIZED BY THE WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA SEARCH AND RESCUE (GSAR) TEAM. THIS TEAM WAS FORMED TO IMPROVE RESPONSES TO HEAVY RESCUE EMERGENCIES TO CITIZENS OF COLUMBUS AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES. HEAVY SEARCH-AND-RESCUE INVOLVES THE LOCATION, RESCUE (EXTRICATION), AND INITIAL MEDICAL STABILIZATION OF VICTIMS TRAPPED IN CONFINED SPACES. STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE IS MOST OFTEN THE CAUSE OF VICTIMS BEING TRAPPED, BUT VICTIMS MAY ALSO BE TRAPPED IN TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS, MINES AND COLLAPSED TRENCHES.

WHEREAS, heavy search-and-rescue involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces; and,

WHEREAS, structural collapse is most often the cause of victims being trapped, but may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines heavy search-and-rescue involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has been approved by the Governors office to fund the GSAR team,

WHEREAS, the equipment requested in the grant proposal will greatly enhance the current emergency response program; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been allocated through the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program; and,

WHEREAS, equipment will be utilized to respond to heavy rescue emergencies in Columbus and the surrounding counties and,

WHEREAS, this grant proposal requires no matching funds.

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

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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held 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 Thomas voting .
Councilor Turner-Pugh voting .
Councilor Woodson voting .


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