OPD and OFD awarded $9,791 grant


Firefighter Leslie Loggins and officer Anthony Brewer display new equipment obtained with a recent grant.

Firefighter Leslie Loggins and officer Anthony Brewer display new equipment obtained with a recent grant.

Cawaco Resource, Conservation, and Development Council, recently awarded the City of Oneonta a $9,791 grant. The grant will allow for equipment and technology upgrades within the Oneonta Police Department and Oneonta Fire and Rescue.

Oneonta Police Department now has eight body-worn cameras for the officers. Recordings from these cameras will provide a neutral and truthful depiction of events that officers encounter daily, offer an added layer of protection, and ensure that officer/ public encounters are accurately depicted.

Oneonta Fire and Rescue chose to use grant funds to purchase three handheld FLIR cameras that will aid the department on structure fires and missing person calls. These cameras are considered essential tools in fire location inside a structure, as well as helping locate hot spots during overhaul operations. Because these cameras give firefighters the ability to look through walls and ceilings to find hot spots and fire, it helps them do their jobs more effectively.

OPD Chief Charles Clifton said, “On behalf of the Oneonta Department of Public Safety, we appreciate the ability to work with Cawaco Research, Conservation and Development, Inc. The funding from this grant increases the city’s ability to better serve the citizens of Oneonta and Blount County in the area of emergency services.

“Funding from this grant will enhance emergency services in the police and fire departments for many years because of this grant project. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with and collaborate with Cawaco RC&D to improve the lives of persons in Oneonta as well as surrounding Blount County.”