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Lexington police, fire receive $1.4 million in grants

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that Lexington police and fire have received Homeland Security grants totaling more than $1 million.

The grants include $600,000 for a hazardous response unit.

Fire Chief Robert Hendricks said during a news conference Monday that the unit will replace two hazardous materials units, which are about 10 years old. The new unit will consolidate tools needed when responding to a situation and include some upgrades.

Other grants include $250,000 for a containment vessel for the bomb response team; $123,000 for bomb suits, an X-ray system and a robot upgrade; and $435,000 to be used statewide for training FBI-certified bomb squads, including those in Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and within the Kentucky State Police.