Fiscal Court informed of $5,000 Homeland Security Grant funds released
Wickliffe – Emergency Management Services Director Travis Holder informed the magistrates at the recent Fiscal Court meeting that the funds from the Homeland Security Grant were released and sonar imaging equipment purchased for the rescue boat is awaiting installation and the survival suits have been ordered.
Michael Clarke of the Ambulance Department discussed the Critical Care Training Classes that the first responders are taking. The first class with two Ballard County responders ended on December 16, 2013. Clarke continued by saying that two more responders from Ballard will take the class starting in January 2014 and another two will take the class in March 2014.
This will enhance the type of services that the Ballard County Ambulance Department can perform en route to hospitals. Currently, Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service is the only service within a 120 mile radius that offers critical care services. Clarke would like to obtain some contracts transporting patients from one hospital to another. This will add additional funds to the Ballard County Ambulance Department.
Judge/Executive Vicky Viniard and the magistrates discussed at length about the usage of salt and brine during the recent ice storm. Per Road Department Supervisor Dave Walker, if it rains first and then the sleet comes putting salt on the roads is useless. Viniard stated, “We went by the State.” when it came to salting the roads.
The next Fiscal Court meeting will be held on January 15, 2014 at 9:00 am.