North Olmsted- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $254,252 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funds to the City of North Olmsted, for the purchase of fire safety equipment. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the North Olmsted Fire Department has been awarded for the Operations and Safety category. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category includes training, facility upgrades and modification, and supplies such as protective equipment.
"This is an important investment for North Olmsted", Mayor Kennedy, "When our first responders go into harm's way, we need to make sure they have the right equipment to save lives. Federal funding will help our firefighters better serve their communities and save lives."
The North Olmsted Fire Department will be using the funds to purchase thirty-five (35) new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and for the necessary related equipment systems. SCBA is a device worn by firefighters to provided breathable air in an immediate danger to life and health situations. It is a critical component in the personal protection used by today's fire service. North Olmsted Fire Chief Edward Schepp applied for the grant in 2013 specifically to purchase new SCBA units for the department.
The Assistance to Firefighters grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information about the AFG program can be found http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Listed below are the critical ditch areas where crews from the North Olmsted Waste Water Treatment Plant have made improvements to the water flow. The crews preformed excavation activity with the use of a mini- Dingo, a manned mini loader, and excavator to remove sediment in confined areas. The purpose is to gather up bottom sediment, weeds, rubbish, and/or any material causing interruption to the water flow. Once sediment was moved to an open space the sediment would then be removed by an excavator to be hauled to separate off-site locations.
- Bradley Road by pump station on both sides
- Barton Road by 5907 head wall
- Back drive St. Brendan Church
- Soccer fields by Brook Circle lateral, east side soccer field
- Fitch Road south of 480, west side at head wall and east side at head wall and box culvert
- Fitch Road north of 480, west side at head wall
- Tennyson Drive ditch
- Root Road ditch both sides of road by old city dump
- Pine Intermediate School
- Bridgeport Drive retention
- North Olmsted Recreation Center ditch
- Revere ditch threw the North Olmsted High School
Future improvements in critical areas will continue to be made throughout the city.