Search & Rescue Addresses Equipment, Training Needs

Search & Rescue Addresses Equipment, Training Needs

Johnson County Search and Rescue officials came before the county commissioners at their recent meeting to inform them that they were needing to replace equipment and pay for training exercises to keep them updated to perform their duties.

Don Pownell and Cheryl Summer brought their list of items they will need in the next two years, including clothing, sleeping bags, updated computer software, and a new vehicle for their Kaycee branch.

The list was in response to changes made in how USDA Title III Funds can be spent, although there is still some debate on exactly what the funds can be used for, according to discussions at the meeting.

Also discussed was the current balance of Title III funds the county currently has, which is roughly $80,000 but there will be more once the FY 2019 distributions are made to the county.

The commission decided to have search and rescue, Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly, and the county to work together to find what the Title III funds can be used for.

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