Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding To Aid City Of Maryville Fire Department

Posted on August 5, 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 $13,500 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to the City of Maryville Fire Department, under the 2004 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The program provides grants to fire departments and other organizations, especially national, state, local, and community groups that are recognized specifically for their experience and expertise in fire prevention or safety programs and activities. "I applaud the Department of Homeland Security for supporting our firefighters' critical work on fire prevention and safety," said Frist. "This investment in Maryville will ensure that our first responders have the critical resources necessary to prevent fire-related injuries and further protect Tennessee families." "Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in the Maryville community for emergency preparedness," Alexander said. "This grant will help give firefighters the vital resources they need to educate communities about life-saving fire prevention and safety information. We will continue to work together to ensure that they have the necessary resources to keep our citizens safe." "We are very fortunate to receive the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and would like to thank Senators Frist and Alexander for their assistance," said Maryville Fire Chief Ed Mitchell. "Educating our residents about emergency preparedness procedures is a top priority for the Maryville Fire Department. The grant will be used to purchase both materials and equipment that will surely enhance our existing programs to the public." 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.