More than $400K going to police, fire agencies

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NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than $400,000 in grants will go to aid public safety agencies across Indiana.

The state Homeland Security Foundation awarded the grants Thursday to 112 fire departments, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies in 62 counties.

The money will pay for equipment such as thermal imaging cameras, fire hoses and defibrillators. Almost $4,000 will pay for new fire boots in Nottingham Township of Wells County near Fort Wayne.

The foundation gets money from “Secure Indiana” license plate sales. Funds also go to student scholarships.

Gov. Mike Pence says the money allows Indiana’s first responders to replace and upgrade equipment vital to daily operations.

The following agencies in northeast Indiana were awarded grants from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation:


  • Adams County was awarded $1,000 for a laptop computer.
  • Preble Volunteer Fire Fighting Association was awarded $4,000 for personal protective equipment.


  • Allen County was awarded $3,491 for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with training and replacement pads.
  • City of Fort Wayne Police Department was awarded $3,832 for a mask mounted communication unit.


  • Upland, Indiana Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $3,999.97 for firefighting helmets.


  • Huntington County Sheriff was awarded $3,995 for a laptop and docking station.


  • Town of Syracuse Police Department was awarded $3,878.40 for radios.


  • Topeka Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 for voice pagers.
  • Town of Topeka Police Department was awarded $4,000 for computers.


  • City of Angola Fire Department was awarded $3,600 for three multi-gas monitors.
  • Town of Orland Police Department was awarded $4,000 for a forward-looking infrared camera for tracking suspects and missing persons.


  • Columbia Township of Whitley County was awarded $2,561.81 for computers. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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