Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Joe Winkelmann, Vice-Chairman, Center District Supervisor

August 18, 2003

Staff Lead:


Anthony I. Hooper, Assistant County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Application for Homeland Security Funds and Designating an Applicant Agent

Topic Description:

On July 28, 2003 , Fauquier County received notification from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management that Fauquier County has been allocated $164,100 in this funding cycle.  Eligible grant categories include a number of areas to assist first responders.  The County Public Safety Committee has identified the implementation of the public safety radio system as the Committee’s number one priority.


The County has also sought additional grant funds to augment the number of radios to be purchased and to upgrade the Fire and Rescue paging system.  The number of radio units in the existing Motorola contract was based on a 1999 survey should be expanded to provide communications equipment for the new employees, volunteers and emergency equipment that have been added since the survey.  The timing of the grant will allow the County to purchase communications equipment at a discounted price as the Motorola contract amount will significantly increase after August 22, 2003 .


In meetings with the Sheriff, Fire and Rescue Association and Fire Chief, it was the consensus of the group to purchase the additional mobile and portable radio communications equipment that will be largely assigned to the Volunteer Fire and Rescue units.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of attached resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No local funds are required.  The timing of the grant will allow the County to leverage a favorable contract price for this equipment.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Fire and Rescue Association


Sheriff’s Office