Burr Announces Grants to Additional North Carolina Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that an additional $503,130 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to six North Carolina fire departments on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are in addition to the $1,167,968 that was awarded last week to 19 other fire and rescue units across the state. These grants are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizations by funding vehicles and training they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently.

"These funds will help to protect North Carolina's firefighters and emergency responders and will enable them to maximize their ability to respond to emergencies and protect the citizens of our state," Burr said. "These grants will enable communities across North Carolina to afford critical training and life-saving equipment, and as a result will help protect the lives of the men and women who serve our communities on a daily basis."

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Fiscal Year 2008 AFG awards will ultimately provide about $500 million to fire departments and emergency responders nationwide.

Below is a list of the most recent North Carolina recipients of AFG awards:

Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department in Middlesex, NC
C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Department in Elkin, NC
Guil-Rand Fire Department in Archdale, NC
Miller Ferry Fire Department in Salisbury, NC
Reynolds Fire Department in Asheville, NC
Saluda Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc. in Saluda, NC