Grant approved for new Emergency Services generator

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

November 7, 2013

YADKINVILLE — Yadkin commissioners approved a grant received by the county’s Emergency Services department Monday morning.

The department received a $50,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Public Safety to purchase a generator for the new emergency operations center (EOC) next to Hoots Memorial Hospital. The generator will allow the facility to power itself in case of a power outage.

Department Director Keith Vestal presented the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to the county commissioners Monday at the regular 9 a.m. meeting.

The MOU required approval to allow the department to accept the money, which the commissioners did approve.

The generator is a mobile unit and would allow the department to move it around the county as needed, including out in the field. The state is even interested in using the unit in case of statewide emergencies if the county is not in need of it at the time, according to officials.

DPS awarded the money following Vestal’s application through the grant. It took he and the department one year and a lot of writing to submit the grant.

Yadkin and Caswell County were the only two departments in the state to receive the grant.

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