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County fire department receives FEMA grant
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The Newton County Fire Department has received a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in the amount of $45,680 for the purchase of a mobile Fire Safety House and teaching aides for the fire safety education of children and adults.

The grant comes with a local match requirement of 20 percent or $11,240. The total amount of the grant is $57,100, according to a memo from Newton County Fire Chief Mike Satterfield to the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

The fire safety education classes will include instruction on the use of smoke detectors, escape plans and fire prevention methods.

The fire department was awarded a second grant from the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation in the amount of $2,780. The grant does not come with any local match requirement and is to be used for the purchase of fire safety supplies.

In other news from Tuesday's BOC meeting:

• The BOC approved a funding application for the Juvenile Services Program in the amount of $7,495. The funding will to towards drug screenings, group counseling and community service supervision among other things.

 The program seeks to provide group counseling and educational classes to a minimum of 50 youth and community service supervision to a minimum of 250 youth among other things.

• A low bid for the removal of paint from the Historic Jail in the amount of $49,800 was approved. The bid was submitted by Abatech Diversified of Snellville.