Fire Department gets $94,392 grant
by BRANDON FINCHER
May 15, 2010 | 1715 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHILDERSBURG — The Fire and Rescue Department is receiving a $94,392 federal grant, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers’ office announced.

The grant is coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the funding will allow the Fire Department to purchase new firefighting-operations and safety equipment.

“Talladega County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said in a released statement. “I congratulate the men and women of the Childersburg Fire and Rescue Department for receiving this grant and hope it will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens.”

Rogers’ office said the grant should be awarded under the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a federal program that supports first responders across Alabama and the nation.

According to the Homeland Security Department, which administers the grant, the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations.

These awards aim to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.

“I am pleased to see the federal government is continuing to make these types of investments in the 3rd District,” Rogers said.

Childersburg Fire Chief Douglas Blair could not be reached for comment Friday.