Fire department seeks federal grant of $212,250

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In January, the Hoover City Council gave the Hoover Fire Department its blessing to apply for a $212,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help replace three vehicles for commanders.

The department reorganized last year and went from one district commander to three. Officials used a reserve vehicle and removed another from the headquarters staff to ensure that each district commander has a vehicle to respond to calls daily, Division Chief Duane said. Prater.

The fire department now uses four Chevrolet Tahoes as command vehicles, Prater said. Two are 2016 models with 89,000 and 98,600 miles, and the other two are 2007 models with 166,000 and 168,000 miles, Prater said.

The wish is to replace three of the vehicles and keep the best of the existing ones as a reserve unit, he said. The District Commander’s vehicles are based at Station No. 4 on Municipal Drive, Station No. 7 in Inverness and Station No. 11 in Trace Crossings, Prater said.

If the department wins the federal grant, the city of Hoover would have to supplement the $212,250 grant with $21,225 of city money. The plan is to use money from the 2023 budget, records show.

The grant is said to come from the Department of Homeland Security’s Firefighter Assistance Program.

Federal grants are awarded annually. Last year, the Hoover Fire Department received two grants: $205,000 to purchase a medical emergency vehicle and nearly $44,000 to purchase fitness equipment for the 11 fire stations.

In other business from the Jan. 4 meeting, the Hoover City Council:

► Approved a new contract with the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation to provide a medical director to the Hoover Fire Department to review the department’s emergency medical practices and protocols and provide training updates to staff. Hoover’s medical director is Dr. Derek Robinett, and the city’s payment to the foundation for his services is being increased from $15,000 a year to $20,000 a year, Hoover Fire Chief Clay Bentley said.

► Amended the City’s 2022 budget to transfer funds from one vacant part-time administrative assistant position in the Public Works Department and eight vacant seasonal recreation assistant positions in the Parks and Recreation Department to provide 55 $550 for a new administrative assistant in the Risk Management Department.

► Approval of an agreement for the US Small Business Administration to operate a temporary field office at the Hoover Recreation Center to assist individuals with financial assistance claims related to October flooding. The Small Business Administration will likely be there for six weeks, but that time could be extended if needed, city administrator Allan Rice said.

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