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Jacksonville/Morgan County Underwater Search and Rescue Dive Team Transportation Upgrade

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $175,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville/Morgan County Underwater Search & Rescue Dive Team will use the funding from the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Awards Program to replace aging equipment that does not meet safety and transportation standards to maintain reliable, safe, and efficient response. The Search & Rescue Dive Team primarily serves Morgan County which has a population of more than 36,000. Upon request by various local, state, and federal agencies, the Dive Team responds to crime scene investigations, drownings, and search and rescue.

The Dive Team will purchase a new rescue truck, rescue boat, and the necessary equipment capable of safely and reliably responding to emergency calls. The Dive Team Committee will collect and maintain accurate data of incident response and activities permitted by the increased capabilities and safety of the new equipment.


Date Created: September 21, 2009