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.