Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid Tennessee Fire Prevention Initiatives - Sparta 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 $141,192 grant to the Bon DeCroft Volunteer Fire Department in Sparta under the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's (AFGP). 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. "Tennessee's firefighters deserve the best equipment to perform their lifesaving duties," said Frist. "This funding will ensure that the department's fire fighting vehicles are ready to protect the citizens of Sparta. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for their continued support of Tennessee's fire departments." "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in Sparta 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.