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WPS grant assists Brillion police, fire departments

November 30, 2017

By David Nordby The Brillion News

BRILLION – The Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) Emergency Management Grant recently helped the Brillion Police Department and Brillion Fire Department spend $1,320 on emergency radios, landing zone light kits and cones that could help in a dire situation.

“We got into the storm season last year…we realized that none of our municipal buildings had weather radios in them, so that was kind of a red-alert for us,” Brillion Police Chief Jo Ann Mignon said. “Once people get here they have no way of getting continual updates.”

The WPS grant helped every municipal building in the City of Brillion have emergency radios.

Brillion Fire Department Chief Joe Diener, who assisted Mignon in applying for the grant, also explained at Monday’s city council meeting that the two landing zone light kits purchased with the grant help fill the fire department’s need for lighting in emergency situations.

Robert Ash from WPS was also in attendance at the meeting. He encouraged the people of Brillion to apply for grants in the future.

“I always encourage folks to apply,” Ash said. He also noted that Brillion was one of 100 applicants for the emergency grant. “I would encourage anybody in the City of Brillion who looks like they might need some funds to fill out that application.”

The Brillion Fire Department previously purchased vests through the same grant four years ago when it was first established. The WPS Foundation maintained operations when WPS was purchased by We Energies in the summer of 2015.

This article appeared in the November 30, 2017 print edition of The Brillion News. 



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