$15K Grant Will Help Buy High-Tech Emergency Vehicle

Representatives from Upper Macungie and South Whitehall Townships will meet again in August to discuss more financing options for obtaining a mobile command vehicle.

Upper Macungie and South Whitehall townships continue to pursue funding for a mobile command vehicle.
Upper Macungie and South Whitehall townships continue to pursue funding for a mobile command vehicle.
Upper Macungie Township has secured a $15,000 grant from the Lehigh County Revitalization Grant Program, which marks the first monies obtained in the quest to purchase a mobile command vehicle that would serve three municipalities.

Grant Grim, fire commissioner and director of emergency services for Upper Macungie, told Patch recently that the grant was received from the county.

The command vehicle, which is estimated to cost between $425,000 and $450,000, would be used for emergencies in South Whitehall, Upper Macungie and North Whitehall townships.

The high-tech vehicle would be equipped with the latest communications technology, including satellite, that could be used in large-scale emergencies that require unified command and control.

Officials from the two townships plan to pursue a Pennsylvania municipal assistance program grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development that would pay up to 75 percent of the total cost. They plan to garner support from state legislators and to seek funding from corporations and Lehigh County.

Grim said another meeting between Upper Macungie and South Whitehall officials concerning the mobile command vehicle will take place in August.

Cicero July 01, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Why is this necessary? The county already has similar equipment.
SWT Resident July 02, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Uh-ho folks. I see another 30% hike coming in our trash/recycling program. I guess the $400,000+ they increased our trash/recycling to cover the $67,000 increase SWT was getting from their hauler for 2013...the balance left over from the massive unwarranted increase is not enough to purchase this wish-list item. Get ready for some other tax increase....grass growing more than an inch per week tax, maybe. Or parking meters at the township public parks. I know...I know...don't give them any ideas, right?
rich July 02, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Aint that the truth. Buy a vehicle that you might use once before it's obsolete. Two people steal money and never see that again, jack up the trash with no warning, no vote, nothing. Can't wait to see what they sneak in for next year to screw us over........


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