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Jun 17, 2010 12:26 PM by Melissa Canone

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has been awarded a 2010 Polaris Ranger 500 4x4 and utility trailer through the parish homeland security grant program. The purpose of 4 x 4 all terrain vehicle will be to survey and secure a incident scene, transport first responder personnel to and from hazmat zones, and conduct rescue operations in a hazardous environment. The total cost of the equipment purchased was $11,550.00. The vehicle will be available 24/7 for parish wide response to all Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive incidents involving acts of terrorism.

"The grant the parish receives is a big help to our first responders because they are able to get much needed equipment that may otherwise not be purchased due to budget shortfalls, said Parish President Don Menard. Since 2003, the parish has received approximately $1,677,475.29 in homeland security grant funds.

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