Blount County gets $2.6 million in Homeland Security grants

Blount County announced recently that, since 1999, the county has been the recipient of more than $2.66 million dollars in grants for emergency equipment and planning. Bart Stinnett, Blount County Homeland Security/Emergency Management director, announced the total grants.

A total of $7,000 has been matched by Blount County for these grants.

Don Stallions, Townsend Volunteer Fire Department chief, said that there would be no way possible for the smaller fire departments to have updated equipment without the assistance of these grants and the Emergency Management Department.

One example, said Stallions, is the Infrared cameras that were awarded to each of the fire departments in Blount County.

“These cameras have saved lives, and there is no way we as a small volunteer fire department, could have afforded them,” he said.

Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham said he’s pleased that the county is able to work in cooperation with all of the emergency personnel in this county for the betterment of our citizens.

“The level of cooperation is second to none, and with that cooperation, comes the ability to work together and save lives,” he said.

Questions regarding any of these grants can be directed to the Blount County Mayor’s office at 865-273-5700.

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