Background: Funds have been allocated to the 2015 Homeland Security Grant Program for the maintenance of equipment received as part of 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:
· 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 the maintenance of equipment already received from the state.
Financial Considerations: The Georgia Emergency Management Agency will purchase equipment on behalf of Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Service.
Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive these funds.
Recommendation/Action: Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant of $40,000 from the 2015 Homeland Security Grant Program.
WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has been approved by the Governor's 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 2015 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:
1) That the City Manager is hereby authorized to accept a Homeland Security Grant of $40,000 from the 2015 Homeland Security Grant Program.
2) The Georgia Emergency Management Agency will purchase equipment on behalf of Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Service.