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

Posted on January 4, 2006

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 $589,032 grant for operations and fire safety to the City of Knoxville Fire Department 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. Operations and fire safety grants fund training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness programs, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. “Tennessee’s firefighters serve their communities bravely and are vital to saving lives and protecting property in an emergency,” Frist said. “This grant will help provide the department with the equipment necessary to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for supporting Tennessee’s firefighters and the services they deliver.” “This grant will help give brave firefighters in Knoxville the training and equipment they need in order to do their jobs and save lives,” said Alexander. “Senator Frist and I appreciate this investment from the Department of Homeland Security and will continue working 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.