Liberty Township trustees last week gave a go-ahead to the township fire department to seek a federal grant to develop emergency and fire safety education directed at teenagers.

Liberty Township trustees last week gave a go-ahead to the township fire department to seek a federal grant to develop emergency and fire safety education directed at teenagers.

The township will apply for the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters program.

If the $370,000 grant is received, the department would team with Edheads, a nonprofit educational Web development company based in Hilliard.

The team would create four Web-based activities on firefighting and fire safety, said township Capt. William Piwtorak.

The purpose of the program is to educate students in grades 10 through 12.

The education program would include online "thought-provoking questions" and activities such as learning about house fires, firefighting equipment and firefighting as a career, conducting a simulated fire investigation and learning about paramedic treatment of burn victims.

Gail Wheatley, Edheads executive director, said their programs such as crash-site simulations educate participants as well as work to foster career interest.

The educational program would appear at www.edheads.org, available to the general public free of charge.

The grant would require the township to contribute 10 percent of the project's cost. The fire department hopes to raise that amount --$36,000 -- through donations from area businesses and residents, Piwtorak said.

Also last week, trustees:

Approved $159,345 for capital expenses for new equipment for the township road department. Purchases will include a medium-duty truck, a pickup truck, a ditch mower, a tractor and a power broom. The purchase is being made through the state bid program.

Approved three-way stop signs at four intersections in the Wedgewood Park development.

In October, residents in the area requested the signs, saying they were concerned about increasing traffic and speeding in the area, which includes a park and school-bus stops.

The signs will be installed at the intersections on Emerson and Gibson drives, Emerson and Creighton drives, Tag and Gibson drives, and Tag and Creighton drives.