Nu­clear plant awards Mont­gomery County SWAT $60K

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LIM­ER­ICK >> Mem­bers of the Mont­gomery County SWAT - Western Re­gion, for­merly known as the Ch­ester-Mont­gomery Emer­gency Re­sponse Team, re­cently ac­cepted a $60,000 do­na­tion from Ex­elon’s Lim­er­ick Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion.

Over the past sev­eral months, Chief Michael Foltz, MSWAT-W team Com­man­der, and Cpl. Steve Mor­risey of the Pottstown Po­lice Depart­ment, who serves as Tac­ti­cal Team Su­per­vi­sor, have been ac­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Lim­er­ick Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives about un­funded team needs.

The MSWAT-W unit serves 13 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within the Lim­er­ick Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion evac­u­a­tion zone: Pottstown, Lower Potts­grove Town­ship, Up­per Potts­grove Town­ship, West Potts­grove Town­ship, Lim­er­ick Town­ship, Dou­glass (Mont.) Town­ship, New Hanover Town­ship, Lower Fred­er­ick Town­ship, Roy­ers­ford, Up­per Prov­i­dence Town­ship, Col­legeville, North Coven­try Town­ship in Ch­ester County and Colebrookdale Town­ship in Berks County.

Each of these mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­trib­utes an an­nual pay­ment into the MSWATW bud­get and many also pro­vide per­son­nel.

Team mem­bers are pro­vided bal­lis­tic vests that by man­u­fac­ture and NIJ stan­dards are rated for a 5-year re­place­ment cy­cle. The team’s cur­rent ar­mor is due to ex­pire in early 2019.

Ow­ing that the team works closely with their se­cu­rity forces to pro­vide pro­tec­tion to the plant and to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, Ex­elon agreed to cover the cost of the pur­chase at $60,000. The con­tri­bu­tion will al­low the MSWAT-W team to fo­cus its lim­ited bud­get on spe­cial­ized train­ing and other ex­penses such as in­sur­ance, equip­ment and main­te­nance costs for its var­i­ous ve­hi­cles.

The team, in­cor­po­rated around 1999, has re­ceived much sup­port from the com­mu­nity in the way of do­na­tions to help sup­port its mis­sion. Many ma­jor ex­penses have been funded by grants or pri­vate/cor­po­rate do­na­tions, which keeps the costs to our var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties at a min­i­mum. The an­nual con­tri­bu­tion of each mu­nic­i­pal­ity has re­mained con­stant since the teams in­cep­tion.

In a press re­lease is­sued by Lim­er­ick Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion, em­ploy­ees stated, “This is great ex­am­ple of ca­ma­raderie, not only at the site, but be­tween our se­cu­rity and ex­ter­nal pro­tec­tive ser­vices. Our con­tri­bu­tion could pro­tect and al­low an of­fi­cer to go home to their fam­ily af­ter a dan­ger­ous shift. That is most im­por­tant.”

“This con­tri­bu­tion helps strengthen re­la­tion­ships in the com­mu­nity and will help keep our em­ploy­ees safe, as well as mem­bers of the com­mu­nity we serve.”

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