12.07.05

Burr Announces $220,710 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Funds to cover the costs of firefighter safety and preparedness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr today announced $220,710 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for firefighters in Browns Summit, Thomasville and Rodanthe. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations.

"Firefighters risk their lives each time they respond to an emergency," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make Browns Summit, Thomasville, Roadanthe and surrounding communities safer by ensuring firefighters in these communities are offered the best training and equipment available."

• Northeast Guilford Volunteer Fire Department in Browns Summit will receive $107,690.
• Thomasville Fire Department will receive $89,460.
• Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department in Rodanthe will receive $23,560.

The United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of Domestic Preparedness oversees the United States Fire Administration. Firefighter assistance programs provide federal funding directly to local firefighters to ensure they are well-equipped to protect their communities. Local fire departments share up to twenty percent of project costs.