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McLean County receiving new emergency equipment

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Some new emergency equipment is coming to McLean County thanks to a grant worth nearly $150,000.

Five new warning sirens and a backup generator will arrive soon. 

Emergency personnel says these additions will help make their jobs easier. 

That's because residents in more rural areas will be notified sooner when there's a dangerous situation.

Judge Executive, Kelly Thurman says this has been a long time in the making.

"We're very grateful for getting this money," says Thurman. "It seems like it's taken a long time to get here. This grant had been in place for some three years or better now, but wheels of government sometimes churn kind of slow."

"It's gonna be just tremendous, because we can touch more people," says Jimmy Vancleve.

And faster, which could help save lives according to Vancleve with the McLean County Central District Fire Department.

"Anytime we can get the word out to them, then they can go ahead and prepare and then if something bad does happen, we will not necessarily come in and find the horrible sights," says Vancleve

Right now, warning sirens are only in bigger cities like Calhoun and Beech Grove, not in more rural areas.

The new sirens will give more people notice that a storm or another emergency may be near.

"If they are in the house, you know, the weather radios will tell them, but if they're not in the house, then this gives them a second avenue to say 'Hey, I need to go in and listen,'" says Vancleve

This is the latest of several improvements in McLean County.

"We're not apologetic for being a small, rural county," says Thurman. "It's what we are, and we're proud of it, but when it comes to the needs of our people like this to get this kind of funding and to place this kind of equipment for their benefit is what it's all about."

The backup generator will be housed at the EMS building.

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