Three SW VA localities receive thousands in Homeland Security grants


The city of Bristol and Dickenson and Wise counties received federal funding Friday to aid in emergency response and other safety operations.

The Homeland Security funds will be administered through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the award winners were selected from a pool of 139 requests, according to a report from Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office.

Dickenson County will be receiving more than $35,000 to purchase a rural terrain response vehicle. Bristol's awards of more than $102,000 will help finance upgrades to its hazardous materials and technical rescue teams.

Wise County also received haz-mat funding along with a $26,000 grant for tactical team ballistic protection and an $88,331 reward for enhancements to their mass notification system, the report said.

The state awarded more than $6.1 million to emergency operations across the state.