Lexington Receives $1 Million In Grants

Fayette County will soon be safer, thanks to some federal grants.

On Monday morning, Governor Steve Beshear announced almost a million dollars in homeland security grants for Lexington police and fire departments.

"In a world where terrorism and terroristic acts are a constant threat, and where dangerous chemicals exist all around us, Kentuckians are comforted knowing that public officials are on the job," said Beshear.

$600,000 will we used for a hazardous materials response unit.

$250,000 will be used for a trailer for the Bomb Response Team that is strong enough to contain explosions.

$123,00 will be used for bomb suits, an X-ray system and a robot upgrade for the Bomb Response Tea.

And a grant of $435,000 to be used statewide for training for FBI-certified bomb squads, including Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and the Kentucky State Police.

Mayor Jim Newberry, Police Chief Ronnie Bastin and Fire Chief Robert Hendricks joined Gov. Beshear for Monday's announcement.

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