U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.4th) today announced grant funding for fire departments in Five Points, Lawrenceburg and Flintville under the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“These grants will help give Tennessee firefighters the vital resources they need to save lives,” Alexander said. “I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment for emergency preparedness, and I will continue to work to ensure that fire departments in our state are ready and able to keep our citizens safe.”
“Firefighters perform a tremendous public service, and as a former mayor I know firsthand how important it is that they have the best possible resources,” said Corker. “These grants will help ensure that Tennessee firefighters have the necessary equipment and training to save lives and protect property in our communities. I thank the Department of Homeland Security for its continued support of Tennessee’s firefighters and first responders.”
“The new equipment will allow Southeast Lawrence VFD and Lawrence County Rescue Squad and Fire Department to continue providing quality service in a safer and more efficient manner,” said Congressman Davis. “Our brave volunteers deserve the best equipment available to effectively serve the community.”
The grants awarded include:
- $27,239 to Southeast Lawrence Volunteer Fire Dept. (Five Points) for operations and safety
- $70,811 to Lawrence County Rescue Squad and Fire Department Inc. (Lawrenceburg) for operations and safety
- $147,250 to Vanntown Volunteer Fire Dept. (Flintville) for vehicle acquisition
The AFG program provides grants directly to local fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations so they can obtain equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
For more information about the AFG program visit: http://www.firegrantsupport.com/