There was no over-sized check or any other gimmick when U.S. Rep. Bob Latta recently visited the Sylvania Township Fire Department headquarters station at the invitation of Chief Michael Ramm.

The chief said he asked the representative if he could stop by so he and representatives  from other departments could thank him  for his work in helping obtain a regional grant of more than $700,000 for new radio equipment.

The chief said the grant was of particular importance because the equipment currently in use is a type which Motorola has said they will discontinue.

“We will need to replace all of them,” Chief Ramm said, but the grant will go a long way in reducing the hit to the department’s budget.

The grant from FEMA is for $712,820.  it requires a 10 percent match from each local government.

The money allows for the purchase of individual portable radios and for mobile radios installed in vehicles.

Chief  Ramm pointed out that each individual portable costs about $8,000, although with several area departments making a large order together there should be a good discount.

Sylvania Township’s share of the grant, including the match, will allow for the expenditure of about $100,000 for radio equipment. The chief said he had some money in the budget for radio equipment and he hopes to use some of that for needed items at the reduced price.

Mr. Latta  said he was glad to be of help, and noted that firefighters, “are the ones who make our neighborhoods safe.”

John Jennewine, a township trustee who was at the meeting at the Sylvania Avenue station, said the grant is particularly welcome because the money is to be used for equipment which is critical to the performance and safety of the firefighters.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

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