2017-11-17 / Community News

Community News

Scarborough receives Homeland grants

The Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency announced Scarborough will receive more than $8,400 in Department of Homeland Security grants.

County EMA Director Jim Budway announced last week that Cumberland County grant recipients will share a total of $159,926.52 in 2017 Department of Homeland Security funding.

The purpose of the award is to improve the county’s preparedness and response capabilities for Homeland Security related events. A quarter of the award is earmarked to support regional capabilities and the remainder is apportioned, via competitive grant application, to eligible applicants within the county – usually cities and towns – to support members of the first responder community.

Police, fire, EMS, public works, 911 centers and other entities receive the funds to address planning, training, exercising and equipment needs.

Scarborough has earned two grant awards through the 2017 program. The town will receive $4,753 to maintain the county’s Regional Command Vehicle, and $3,705 for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Training.

Budway said the grant is provided at no cost to the county or to its sub-recipients, and will go a “long way” toward safeguarding lives and property in Homeland Security related events.

Volk selected for assistant majority leader

The Senate Republican caucus recently elected Sen. Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) to serve as its assistant leader.

Volk is currently in her second term in the Maine Senate, representing District 30. She has also served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives.

“I am truly humbled to have been selected by my peers to serve in leadership,” Volk said. “Throughout my years, in both the House and the Senate, these people have become like family to me. As their leader, I am committed to serving them in a manner that is both responsive and respectful and I very much look forward to helping usher in a new class of Senate Republicans as many members of our caucus finish out their final term in office.”

“Since I first met Sen. Volk back in 2010, she has continued to impress me,” said Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) in a prepared statement. “As we have served together, I’ve watched her grow into a true leader, gaining the respect of members on both sides of the aisle. I have no doubt that she will excel in her new role as assistant and I very much look forward to serving beside her in leadership.”

“Senator Volk has impressed me since she first joined the Maine Senate, both in her ability to listen and to lead,” Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said. “As chair of the challenging Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, she led the way in restoring the tip credit and numerous other efforts to help Maine’s small businesses.

“I am certain Amy will be effective in a leadership role and I look forward to working with her.”

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