FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is proud to announce the City of Eatonton received a Safety Grant check in the amount of $5,515.33, and a Liability Grant check in the amount of $2,038.36 for the purchase of traffic cones, traffic cone reflective bars, vehicle amber safety lights, a CO2 monitor, a flammable liquid storage locker, a pilot car radio, reflective rain jackets, chainsaw chaps, tree climbing safety gear, B31Q natural gas operator safety training and Georgia state commercial pesticide licensing/training manuals. Steve Durden, Deputy Director of Marketing, stated, “This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees.”
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 and services. Since the inception of the program, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, and over 500 grants were 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 grants have helped leverage the purchase of over $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 program (GMA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Fund).
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit, and consulting services to its over 500 member cities.