CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After receiving grants to help make upgrades for the Clinton, Ind., police and fire department, Indiana Mayor Jack Gilfoy said these upgrades were created to help better the Clinton first responders.
With grant money from the USDA, the police department was able to buy new handheld and car radios as well as squad cars. The fire department also received new vehicles. Police Chief Billy Maclaren said new equipment is not only important for people on the force but also the community.
“It’s going to benefit the city a lot due to the fact that, especially during the winter time with the new cars, we can go get around in the winter better,” Maclaren said. “The radios are nice because we won’t have to worry about not being able to hear or being able to talk and get information out to the other officers.”
Over $200,000 was spent on new vehicles and equipment, with the city helping to pay a percentage. The Clinton Fire Department also received a new facility a few months ago, moving them from a building with 300 square feet to 12,000.
To take a tour of Clinton Fire Department’s new facility, click on the videos below.
“The department before was over in city hall building which is, they were confined space pretty much,” Gilfoy said. “You couldn’t hardly even get all these trucks in there and get the door open and get in and out of them. So now as you can see it’s pretty spacious and we have a nice facility here. City of Clinton, citizens deserve this and I’m glad that we could provide it for them.”
The new facility is also used for training firefighters and running their cadet program.
“This way they can relax and our full-time firemen they can all train so we do a lot of training here in this facility,” Gilfoy said. “We also help the other communities in this area out as with support and with training.”