08.10.06

Burr Announces Over $600,000 for North Carolina Fire Departments

Senator Richard Burr today announced $648,807 in grants to nine North Carolina fire departments. Funds were awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP), which aims to support firefighters and the services they deliver. The United States Department of Homeland Security awarded the funds.

"I applaud North Carolina's firefighters for using these funds to better prepare our communities for an emergency," Burr said. "Local fire departments are one of the first to respond in a time of crisis. These funds will help our firefighters improve their preparedness for emergencies."

Ahoskie Rural Fire Department in Ahoskie received $18,236 in federal funds.
Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department in Pine Level received $15,428 in federal funds.
Denton Fire Department in Denton received $110,299 in federal funds.
Castle Hayne Volunteer Fire Department in Castle Hayne received $32,233 in federal funds.
Oak Island Fire Department in Oak Island received $69,920 in federal funds.
Ansonville Fire Department in Ansonville received $145,350 in federal funds.
Mount Holly Fire & Rescue in Mount Holly received $47,500 in federal funds.
Green Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Rutherfordton received $94,131 in federal funds.
Nebo Volunteer Fire Department in Nebo received $115,710 in federal funds.

The AFGP program provides money for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. Fire departments are required to share in the cost of the funded project by providing a match of 20% of the project cost. The matching requirement is reduced for small community fire departments.

For more information go to http://burr.senate.gov.