Alexander, Frist Announce $500,000 In Grants To Tennessee Fire Departments

Posted on June 12, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded grants to nine fire departments in Tennessee under the 2003 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. "Ensuring that our first responders are equipped and ready to handle emergencies must be our top priority," said Frist. "Local fire departments will benefit greatly from the assistance this funding will provide, and I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for its support in preparing those on the front line protecting our homeland." "We appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment of nearly $550,000 in Tennessee for emergency preparedness," Alexander said. "These grants will give firefighters the vital resources they need to save lives." Today's announcement includes grants for nine fire departments in Tennessee, totaling $547,701 for the state. Three of the fire stations will use the funding to purchase new fire fighting vehicles while the other six will use the grant to improve fire operations and firefighter safety. The breakdown includes the following: For the purchase of firefighting vehicles: Copperhill Fire Department, Copperhill: $44,500
Flintville Volunteer Fire Department, Flintville: $128,672
Decatur County Station 1 Volunteer Fire Department, Parsons: $136,980 For improvements to fire operations and firefighter safety: Foster Falls Volunteer Fire Department, Sequatchie: $77,180
Fosterville Volunteer Fire Department, Christiana: $12,267
Fairground Volunteer Fire Department, Livingston: $54,917
Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Crawford: $49,431
City of Parsons Volunteer Fire Department, Parsons: $8,753
Bruceton Fire Department, Bruceton: $34,951 The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program awards one-year grants to local fire departments to enhance their abilities to respond to fire and fire-related hazards. This is the first round in a series of more than 7,000 grants that will be provided nationally through the program.