Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - Fowlkes Fire Department Among Grant Recipients

Posted on November 19, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 $16,295 grant to the Fowlkes 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," said Frist. "This funding will help ensure that the Fowlkes Fire Department has the necessary resources to educate its 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 Fowlkes 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 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.