Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - Oak Ridge Among Grant Recipients

Posted on June 17, 2004

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $5,921 Fire Prevention and Safety grant to the Oak Ridge Fire Department under the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program (AFG). The Fire Prevention and Safety aspect of the AFG program focuses on the prevention of fire-related injuries to children. Many of these awards represent innovative solutions for the delivery of fire prevention activities throughout the United States. "I applaud the Federal Emergency Management Agency for supporting our firefighters' critical work on fire prevention," said Frist. "This investment in Oak Ridge will ensure that our first responders have the resources necessary to prevent fire-related injuries to children. This will go a long way toward safeguarding our children and protecting Tennessee families." "Senator Frist and I appreciate FEMA's investment in the Oak Ridge community for fire prevention," Alexander said. "This grant will help give firefighters the vital resources they need to save lives, and prevent fire-related injuries to children. We will continue to work together to ensure that they have the necessary resources to keep our citizens safe." The Fire Prevention and Safety program is the non-competitive portion of the Assistance to Firefighters program. The grants are made available to fire departments and other organizations, especially national, state, local, and community organizations that are recognized specifically for their experience and expertise in fire prevention or safety programs and activities.