911 board readies grant

By: JAMES A. ROBICHAUX

The St. Mary Parish 911 Communications District met Thursday and discussed, among other things, a grant application for radio communication equipment. Last month’s scheduled meeting was not held because of a lack of a quorum, due in part to the stormy weather on March 21.

“All of the fire departments, with the exception of one, have sent in applications. We’re still waiting for Cypremort Point,” Charlette Angeron, district director, told the board members.

The monies for the grant come through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Fire Act Grant Program. Ten fire departments in the parish are banding together to make the grant application.

The Centerville Volunteer Fire Department is the host agency for the grant.

“All applications are electronically reviewed and automatically scored. Then they are given a peer review where the members read the justifications for the grant and score it. The two scores are then averaged and the grants are awarded by highest score,” Angeron said.

“Cypremort Point Volunteer Fire Dept. hasn’t sent in their application yet, but there is still plenty of time for them to do so.”

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