10.26.05

Burr Announces Nearly $1.9 Million for Firefighters

Funds will improve emergency response efficiency

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,889,728 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for North Carolina firefighters. 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 and emergency vehicles.

"Firefighters routinely risk their lives as first responders," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make communities throughout North Carolina safer by ensuring that firefighters are better equipped to respond to emergencies."

Eighteen North Carolina fire departments will receive federal grants. They are as follows:

• Midway Fire and Rescue in Lexington will receive $285,000.
• Concord Department of Fire and Life Safety will receive $264,000.
• Wilmington Fire Department will receive $263,916.
• Volunteer Fire in Angier will receive $183,303.
• Triple Community Fire in Morganton will receive $132,905.
• Cherryville Fire Department will receive $122,930.
• Atwell Township Volunteer Fire in China Grove will receive $109,155.
• Flowes Store Volunteer Fire in Concord will receive $108,395.
• Buladean Volunteer Fire in Bakersville will receive $80,750.
• Old Dock/Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire in Whiteville will receive $57,370.
• Yaupon Beach Fire Department in Oak Island will receive $48,545.
• Back Swamp Volunteer Fire in Richlands will receive $45,790.
• Newland Volunteer Fire will receive $43,978.
• Edneyville Fire and Rescue in Hendersonville will receive $39,596.
• Coats-Grove Fire and Rescue in Coats will receive $32,623.
• Gumtree Fire and Rescue will receive $30,512.
• Morehead City Fire will receive $28,429.
• Kings Creek Fire in Lenoir will receive $12,513.

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.