U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.6th) today announced $25,935 in grant funding for the Walter Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Murfreesboro 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 Murfreesboro 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 Walter Hill Volunteer Fire Department have the necessary equipment and training to save lives and protect property in their community. I thank the Department of Homeland Security for its continued support of Tennessee’s firefighters and first responders.”
"Countless lives are saved every day by the courageous efforts of the Murfreesboro firefighters," said Congressman Gordon who is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. "This DHS grant will allow the Walter Hill Volunteer Fire Department to do an even better job than they are already doing."
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/