Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding to Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department among grant recipients
Posted on September 29, 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 $34,723 grant for operations and fire safety to the South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department in New Tazewell under the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). The AFGP 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. Operations and fire safety grants fund training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness programs, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. “Tennessee’s firefighters are vital to saving lives and protecting property in an emergency,” said Frist. “This grant will help provide the department with much needed resources and training programs so that firefighters can respond quickly and efficiently in the New Tazewell community. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for supporting Tennessee’s firefighters and the services they deliver.” “Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in New Tazewell 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 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.