Alexander, Frist Applaud Grant Funding to Aid Tennessee Fire Departments - Debusk Volunteer Fire Department among grant recipients

Posted on September 29, 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 $76,000 grant for fire-fighting vehicle acquisition to the Debusk Volunteer Fire Department in Greeneville under the 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). The AFGP 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. Vehicle acquisition grants provide funds for pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats. “Tennessee’s firefighters are vital to saving lives and protecting property in an emergency,” said Frist. “This grant will help provide the department with much needed resources and training programs so Greeneville’s firefighters can respond quickly and efficiently in emergencies. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for supporting Tennessee’s firefighters and the crucial services they deliver.” “Senator Frist and I appreciate the Department of Homeland Security's investment in Greeneville 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 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.