The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) awarded Roanoke Fire-EMS more than $161,000 for the VDEM Regional 6 Special Operations teams, according to a report in WSLS.com.
One grant is for the Swift Water and Heavy Technical Rescue Programs, while the second is for the Hazardous Materials Team. Both grants aim to help first responders better respond to swift water rescue and hazardous waste calls.
Since the department is part of regional swift water rescue and hazardous materials teams with other localities, the city will disperse the funds to other local departments, such as Salem, Roanoke County, and Franklin County.
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