Washington County will use $77,460 from a federal grant to buy equipment for responding to chemical or biological agents, Emergency Services Director Joe Kroboth said Monday.
Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening on Monday said the state received a $2.74 million anti-terrorism federal grant to buy protective equipment for police and fire employees, communications equipment, detection equipment for chemical or biological agents and decontamination equipment.
The state request was made prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The local money comes in response to Washington County requests made to the state in 1999, 2000 and 2001, Kroboth said.
The county will use the money for detection equipment and for personal protective equipment, including air-purifying respirators, chemical suits and gloves to be worn by someone dealing with chemicals, he said. The county has some of the equipment but not as much as it would like, he said