Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 10, 2012

Dive team receives grant for mapping software

By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor

Oct. 10, 2012 — The Grayson dive team has been awarded a grant that will assist in diving recovery.

The dive team was awarded $2,000 last week by Kentucky Homeland Security.

Grayson Emergency Management applied for the grant, a continuation of the $20,000 grant awarded in November 2011.

The first grant was used to buy side scan sonar for the team. This supplemental grant will purchase additional software.

“This is mapping software which is used to make sure all the areas are covered,” said Grayson Rescue Battalion Chief Kyle Morgan. “This plots anywhere the side scan is run, mapping the surface of the water to make sure we don’t miss any part of a body of water.”

The dive team has been requested as far away as London and Lexington.

Morgan said that although grants are competitive, very few applicants are able to do what the dive team can do, which gives them an advantage.

A large part of the dive team’s funding comes from scrap metal donations. Thus far, the team has collected $54,000 from scrapping and $34,000 in grants.

The Grayson Dive Team has 13 members, including four from Olive Hill. The team must complete 20 dives each year to remain certified.