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Washington County briefs

January 04, 2006

Fire & Rescue gets $627,493 from fund



The Washington County Gaming Office and Gaming Commission Tuesday announced it disbursed $627,493.41 from the gaming fund to the Washington County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association.

Gaming Office Director James Hovis said the figure represents 50 percent of the $1,254,986.81 collected for the period from July 1, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2005.

In January 2005, the gaming commission disbursed $660,843.16 to the association, Hovis said in the press release.

Nonprofit charitable organizations receive gaming funds once a year, in August. Fire and rescue companies receive the annual disbursements in two payments, one in January and one in August.

Established by the state legislature in 1995, the seven-member gaming commission is responsible to ensure the revenue produced by tip jars played in the county's clubs, taverns, liquor stores and restaurants is equitably distributed. The commission has provided almost $25 million dollars to charities and fire and rescue companies in Washington County.

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Emergency Response Training scheduled



The Washington County Emergency Management Agency will host a Community Emergency Response Training on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Washington County Office Building at 33 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

The program is for people interested in volunteering with Project Aware, a volunteer recruitment and training program to address homeland security initiatives in public safety, public health and emergency response, and disaster preparedness.

The 20-hour training is free to volunteer citizens and covers disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, terrorism preparedness, crime prevention, special population needs, animals in disaster and basic incident command.

Free parking is available at the rear of building. For information, call 240-313-2907 or send e-mail to cfrench@washco-md.net.

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