Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - Christiana And Lascassas Volunteer Fire Departments Among Grant Recipients

Posted on November 9, 2004

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 a $26,582 grant to the Christiana Volunteer Fire Department and a $141,300 to the Lascassas Volunteer Fire Department, under the 2004 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. "Senator Alexander and I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for supporting Tennessee's fire departments. This funding will help ensure that the Christiana and Lascassas Volunteer Fire Departments have the necessary resources to educate their citizens, conduct fire prevention inspections and respond effectively to emergencies. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Alexander and DHS to make sure that Tennessee's heroic first-responders receive the same caliber of care that they provide." "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in Rutherford County for emergency preparedness," Alexander said. "These grants 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.