The Georgia Municipal Association has given the city a Safety Grant check in the amount of $4,553 and a Liability Grant check in the amount of $8,926.07 toward the purchase of a defibrillator and accessories, a Strike Alert Lightning Detector and playground safety netting at T.W. Briscoe Park.
The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services.
“This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees,” said Eileen Thomas, GMA marketing field manager.
Since the inception of the program, more than 130 cities have received grant money through the program. More than 500 grants have been approved, totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of more than $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.
The Safety and Liability Management Grant program is made available to members of GMA’s property and liability insurance program (the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) and GMA’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its more than 500 member cities.