Carbon officials want to get the word out to all area fire departments that a new federal grant round has been opened.

These grants can be used to help update personnel accountability equipment to provide safer operations to all members of the fire department.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said that he learned on Wednesday that a new grant round for the 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant opened on Monday.

He urged fire companies who are seeking funds to help cover the cost of the narrowband radios to apply. Deadline for submission is Sept. 9.

"I hope the fire departments apply," Nothstein said, adding that some companies did during the last grant round but were turned down previously.

He said that information on the grant round is being sent out to all fire departments and volunteers should check company emails.

For more information on how to apply, a fire department can go to http://www.fema.gov/firegrants/afggrants/index.shtm [1] or http://www.onsiteert.com [2].

In other matters, Nothstein also reported that during the recent County Commissioners annual conference, he was successful at presenting a resolution that the county emergency services has in regards to rescues in areas like Glen Onoko. During a rescue at areas like this, it takes a lot of manpower, time and money to complete the rescue safely. Funds are then typically not reimbursed.

Nothstein said he received unanimous support for the resolution from the other members about a possible new legislation option that could help emergency responders recoup some of the funds spent on that rescue.