Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding to Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - Pigeon Forge Fire Department and Seymour Volunteer Fire Department among grant recipients

Posted on August 24, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for awarding a $80,180 grant to the Pigeon Forge Fire Department, and a $120,543 grant to the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department under the 2005 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The program provides grants to help local fire departments purchase new firefighting equipment, fund firefighter health and safety programs, enhance emergency medical services programs and conduct fire prevention and safety programs. “It is through the courage and sacrifice of Tennessee’s firefighters that our towns and communities remain safe and secure,” said Frist. “This funding will provide the departments with the best equipment and training so they can continue to protect the citizens of Sevier County. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for their continued support of Tennessee’s firefighters.” “Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in Sevier County for emergency preparedness,” Alexander said. “This grant will help give firefighters the vital resources they need to save lives. We will continue to work together to ensure that fire departments in Tennessee are ready and able to keep our citizens safe.” The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.