Alexander, Corker, Duncan Announce Grant Funding to Aid Tellico Plains Volunteer Fire Department

Posted on March 12, 2009

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.2nd) today announced $83,126 in grant funding for the Town of Tellico Plains Volunteer Fire Department 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). “This grant will help give the firefighters in Tellico Plains the vital resources they need to save lives,” Alexander said. “I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in emergency preparedness, and I will continue to work to ensure that fire departments in Tennessee 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. “This funding will help ensure that firefighters at the Tellico Plains Volunteer Fire Department have the necessary equipment and training to save lives and protect property in the community. I thank the Department of Homeland Security for its continued support of Tennessee’s firefighters and first responders.” “I am very pleased that Tellico Plains has been selected to receive this federal funding,” Congressman Duncan said. “The brave volunteers that serve this community deserve the best equipment possible to protect the local citizens, and these new funds will certainly help them with their efforts.” 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/