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

Posted on January 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for awarding a $102,438 grant to the Bloomingdale 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. "I'm pleased that the Department of Homeland Security continues to support the critical role of Tennessee's fire departments," Frist said. "This funding will ensure that Kingsport's firefighters have the training, support and resources they need to protect our communities." "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in Sullivan County 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.