In 2005, Grady County jail administrator Tim Gainous was looking for ways to help the county stock up on all the things it needed -- without going broke.
He says he started with grants, but found they shrank with the bad economy.
Says Gainous, "A lot of the grant money kind of went away. I started looking at other options."
The 'other option' Gainous stumbled on was the '1033 Surplus Program,' sponsored by the U.S. military through its law enforcement support operations.
It allows law enforcement agencies to take their pick of items the military no longer needs -- for free.
Says Gainous, "If the military's through with it, then we're the first people who get to look at it and decide if we can use it or not."
All that's required is the gas money to pick up the goodies.
Gainous says surplus items like trucks and emergency generators have saved the county more than $200,000 since they were received in 2009.
EMA director Jim Ellis says the county 'scored big' with four
back-up power generators.
Says Ellis, "They've helped us tremendously, not only here at our emergency shelter, but also our EMS."
Gainous says he's happy to troll the treasure trove if it means saving the county money; and it does -- on average, between $200,000 and $400,000 annually.
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