COLUMBUS — Several area fire departments will receive grants to upgrade their radio communications systems.
Statewide, 373 fire departments in 65 counties will receive the 2021 Multi-Agency Radio Communications Systems grants.
The MARCS radio system allows first responders to communicate not only with each other but other agencies including fire or law enforcement agencies.
The State Fire Marshal’s office received more than $9 million in requests for the $3 million in available funding.
Here’s how area counties fared:
In Allen County, the Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department, the Harrod Volunteer Fire Department and the American Township Fire Department each received $5,000.
In Auglaize County, the Cridersville Fire Department received $1,520 in grants.
In Hardin County, the Kenton Fire Department, Ridgeway Fire Department, Northern Hardin Co. Fire District and SE Hardin/NW Union Joint Fire District each received $3,200. The Ada-Liberty Township and the Forest Volunteer Fire Department each received $1,200.
In Mercer County, the Chickasaw Community Mutual Fire Company and the Rockford Community Fire Department each received $10,000. The St. Henry Fire Department received $2,074.
In Putnam County, the Fort Jennings Volunteer Fire Department and the Miller City Volunteer Fire Department each received $10,000. The Kalida Volunteer Fire Department received $3,060.
In Van Wert County, the Scott Volunteer Fire Department received $1,080. The Van Wert Fire Department received $700. The Willshire Fire Department received $2,525.