Harrison County Fire Rescue receives grant

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The Harrison County Fire Rescue will receive over $600,000 in federal grant funding for new equipment.

The money was awarded to Harrison County from FEMA through the U.S. Fire Administration and will be used to replace old self-contained breathing apparatuses, also known as air packs.

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Harrison County Fire Rescue is one out of six counties on the Coast to be granted this funding. These grants are awarded through the FEMA’s assistance to firefighters grants program to assist in departmental safety. Harrison County Fire Rescue Chief Pat Sullivan said, “Everybody’s excited about it. It makes our job safer. It makes our job easier, if you will, but primarily it makes our job safer for us to go rescue people in hazardous situations.”

With the grant, 118 air packs will be replaced with new ones.

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Gabrielle Cox is native to Hammond, Louisiana where she attended grade school, high school, and college. Gabrielle was an all district athlete for the girls soccer team at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. After high school, she went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a minor in Spanish at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was a reporter and anchor for the Southeastern Channel where her and her team received a number of awards, including a Suncoast Emmy for a live football game broadcasted by ESPN+ in which she was the sideline reporter. Gabby has had a life full of traveling and is blessed to have family placed all over the world. However, the aspect that makes Gabby standout is that she has a brother with Autism and that is nonverbal. Gabby plays a huge part in the role of her brother’s life and quotes that she would not be the person she is today if it was not for him.

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