U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.1th) today announced grant funding for fire departments in Kingsport, Greeneville, Hartford, White Pine and Midway 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.”
“I am pleased that the fire departments in Kingsport, Greeneville, Hartford, White Pine and Midway will receive this important funding,” said Roe. “Providing the resources needed for our firefighters and first responders will help them better protect the community and themselves from fire and related hazards. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA grant program has provided critical equipment and training to our firefighters and first responders in East Tennessee. I am grateful for the Department of Homeland Security’s grant program and for their continued support.”
The grants awarded include:
- $28,975 to Sullivan West Volunteer Fire Department (Kingsport) for operations and safety
- $184,086 to Greeneville Fire Department (Greeneville) for operations and safety
- $22,890 to Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (Hartford) for operations and safety
- $10,687 to Town of White Pine Volunteer Fire Department (White Pine) for operations and safety
- $49,875 to Midway Volunteer Fire Dept. (Midway) for operations and safety
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/