Grant helps promote child passenger safety

JOHNSTOWN – The state has awarded the Fulton County Public Health Department a $2,750 grant to promote child passenger safety.

The Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee on Tuesday voted to accept the grant.

The full Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take final action on the grant March 10.

Public Health Director Irina Gelman told the committee the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee awarded the funding to her department. It can be used through Sept. 30.

“This is to promote child passenger safety,” Gelman said.

She said the grant helps pay for expenses for training, travel and supplies related to child passenger safety instruction. She said revenues and appropriations related to the grant were submitted in the 2014 county budget.

In a related proposed resolution, the committee granted Gelman’s request to have county Public Health Educator Christina Akey attend a three-day National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 2 Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference in June in State College, Pa.

Gelman said Akey is a certified technician for installing car seats. She said the conference is an opportunity for Akey to receive hands-on training, do networking with other technicians and remain certified.

The cost of the conference is $650.