U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.4th) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department $139,600 in FY2008 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. SAFER funds help local fire departments increase their number of trained, "front-line" firefighters.
“This grant will help give the firefighters in Pikeville the vital resources they need to save lives,” Senator Alexander said. “I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in emergency preparedness, and I will continue to work to ensure that fire departments in Tennessee are ready and able to keep our citizens safe.”
“Firefighters perform a tremendous public service, and as a former mayor I know firsthand how important it is that they have the best possible resources,” said Senator Corker. “This funding will help ensure that Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department has the personnel necessary to help save lives and protect property in the community. I thank the Department of Homeland Security for its continued support of Tennessee’s firefighters and first responders.”
"Over the last several years, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program has invested $566,699 in training and equipment for the Pikeville VFD to assist them in protecting our working families," said Congressman Davis. "Our brave volunteers deserve the best equipment and training available to effectively serve our communities. I'm proud to support such valuable programs that aid our rural areas."
The AFG program awards grants to fire departments in order to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Three types of grants are available: Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG).
For more information about the AFG program visit: http://www.firegrantsupport.com/