Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office sponsors grant program workshops

Local and state fire organizations, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X are sponsoring free FEMA/USFA grant workshops to answer questions and advise departments on the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Interested fire department representatives are invited to attend. The purpose of the workshop is to explain the 2003 grant program and to answer questions. Information will be presented on the program and on the application process.

Rob Carnahan is the fire services Point of Contact (POC) for FEMA Region 10. His responsibilities include preparing fire agencies for applying for assistance through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program and monitoring grant recipients. He retired as the assistant fire chief of Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 in 2002.

Workshop Details:

Juneau - Feb. 25, location and time TBA (call Roy Johnston at 465-3117)

To register please contact Jodie Hettrick at 269-5052 or Roxanne Kuk at 269-5490 or e-mail or

Girl Scout Council receives rural outreach grant

Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council is pleased to announce the receipt of a USDA Rural Outreach Grant to serve girls and adults throughout Southeast Alaska. Of the 325 Girl Scout council nationwide, only 40 were selected through this application process.

The award amount of $39,900 will be used in 2003-2004 to train adult Girl Scout volunteers in first aid and CPR, train girls in a babysitters program and operate Day Camp in several locations.

Lesley Thompson, executive director views this as a significant step in the continuation of strengthening Girl Scouts in Southeast Alaska.

"We have targeted 11 communities to be served through this grant," Thompson said, "We are excited at the prospect of helping volunteers and Girl Scouts with real life skills. All of these communities currently have Girl Scouts and we are hoping to enhance program and increase the number of girls served in these communities."

The 11 communities slated include Angoon, Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Saxman, Sitka, Craig, Hydaburg, Kake, Metlakatla and Yakutat. After the first aid and CPR training is completed, day camp sites will be selected from the communities offering the support for summer programs.

The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), has named Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council as an official training site and supply both the first aid and CPR and babysitters program.

ASHI programs are cost-efficient, user- friendly and made even more affordable with the advent of this grant. Both programs yield certification.

One of the highlights of the program is the use of the Baby Think It Over mannequins. These very life-like babies can be programmed to cry at different intervals and the caregiver must discover why the baby is crying and give the appropriate care.

For more information on these or any Girl Scout program contact 586 1710.

The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council is a United Way Agency.

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