Alexander, Frist Announce Nearly $1 Million For Tennessee Fire Departments

Posted on September 3, 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 13 fire departments in Tennessee under the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters 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 the needs of our first responders are properly met must be a priority, and this funding will help 13 of Tennessee's fire departments purchase equipment to keep communities safe," said Frist. "I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for helping to improve and strengthen safety throughout our state through this worthwhile grant program." "I have heard from first responders and mayors from across Tennessee on how critical these grants are to their communities," Alexander said. "Homeland security starts at home, and the role of the Department of Homeland Security in providing basic tools for our first responders is critical to the safety and security of Tennesseans and the nation. I will continue to work with Senator Frist to ensure that our first responders have the resources they need to keep our citizens safe." Today's announcement includes grants for 13 fire departments in Tennessee, totaling $923,601 for the state. Eight of the fire stations will use the funding to improve fire operations and firefighter safety while the remaining five will purchase new firefighting vehicles. The breakdown includes the following: For improvements to fire operations and firefighter safety:
Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department, Rogersville  $32,161
Clinton Fire Department, Clinton  $100,053
City of Dayton Fire Department, Dayton  $30,600
Jacksboro Fire Department, Jacksboro  $47,250
Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department, Signal Mountain  $85,859
Braden Fire Department, Mason  $65,358
Southgate Volunteer Fire Department, Iron City  $45,505
Palmersville Community Volunteer fire Department, Palmersville  $26,092
For the purchase of firefighting vehicles:
Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department, Greeneville  $135,000
South Scott County Fire Department, Robbins  $120,202
Tracy City Volunteer Fire Department, Tracy City  $143,833
Rocky River Fire Department, Rock Island  $58,500
Highway 69 Community Volunteer Fire Department, Lutts  $33,188
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.