Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid Tennessee Fire Prevention Initiatives - Bean Station Volunteer Fire Department Among Grant Recipients

Posted on February 23, 2005

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for awarding a $23,400 grant to the Bean Station Volunteer Fire Department under the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFGP) Fire Prevention and Safety Program. The AFGP's Fire Prevention and Safety Program provides for public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement, fire inspector certifications, purchases and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland/wildfire mitigation, and arson prevention and detection activities. "Fire prevention and fire safety programs are critical to saving lives, protecting property, and caring for the environment," said Frist. "This funding will help ensure that the citizens of Bean Station are adequately protected from fire risks. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for supporting this safety initiative." "It is important that we do all we can to protect our Tennessee families and natural resources. Having well-trained firefighters and well-informed citizens in Bean Station helps to ensure that," said Alexander. "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in fire-prevention and safety." 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. Under the program's governing statute, a minimum of five percent of appropriated funds are reserved to support fire prevention activities. Fire Prevention and Safety Awards were established to support the achievement of this requirement and were made available to eligible applicants in a solicitation separate and distinct from broader AFGP applications. Fire Prevention and Safety Awards are made to assist state, regional, national or local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with a focus toward the high-risk target groups of children, seniors, and firefighters. The Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.