Volume 51, Number 42

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 16, 2014

FEMA awards $132,105 to Pickett EMS/Fire Department

The U.S. Department of
Homeland Security’s Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) awarded
$456,780 from the Assistance
to Firefighters Grants (AFG)
program to local fire departments
and organizations in
the state of Tennessee. Nationally,
the fiscal year (FY)
2008 AFG awards will provide
approximately $500 million
to fire departments and
nonaffiliated emergency medical
service organizations
throughout the country.
“This direct funding is essential
to train and equip our
first responders who protect
lives and property against all
hazards in our communities
each day,” said U.S. Fire Administration
Acting Administrator
Glenn A. Gaines. “The
USFA and FEMA will continue
to remain steadfast in
our commitment to support
America’s firefighters through
these critical grant funds.”
This week’s round of the
national Assistance to Firefighters
Grants amount to
$18,463,499 and includes
grants provided to the following
fire departments and organizations
in Tennessee
from the:
Pickett County
EMS/FD, Byrdstown
Operations and Safety
$132,105
The Department of Homeland
Security’s Assistance to
Firefighters Grants (AFG)
program is an important component
of the Administration’s
larger, coordinated
effort to strengthen the Nation’s
overall level of preparedness.
The AFG is
designed to enhance response
capabilities and to more effectively
protect the health and
safety of the public with respect
to fire and other hazards.
The grants enable local
fire departments and emergency
medical services organizations
to purchase or receive
training, conduct first responder
health and safety programs,
and buy equipment
and response vehicles.
U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis applauded
the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security for
awarding a $132,105 grant to
the Pickett County EMS/Fire
Department for fire operations
and fire safety under the
Assistance to Firefighters
Grant (AFG) program.
“The new equipment will
allow Pickett County Fire and
EMS to continue providing
quality service in a safer and
more efficient manner,” said
Congressman Davis. “Our
brave volunteers deserve the
best equipment available to
effectively serve the community.”
The Department of Homeland
Security’s Fire Prevention
and Safety Grants
(FP&S) grants support projects
that enhance the safety of
the public and firefighters
from fire and related hazards.
The primary goal is to target
high-risk populations and
mitigate high incidences of
death and injury. Examples of
the types of projects supported
by FP&S include fire
prevention and public safety
education campaigns, juvenile
firesetter interventions,
media campaigns, and arson
prevention and awareness
programs.
The Department of Homeland
Security’s Staffing for
Adequate Fire and Emergency
Response (SAFER)
grant program was created to
provide funding directly to
fire departments and volunteer
firefighter interest organizations
in order to help
them increase the number of
trained, "front-line" firefighters
available in their communities.
The goal of SAFER is
to enhance the local fire departments’
abilities to comply
with staffing, response and
operational standards.
These grant programs are
administered cooperatively by
two FEMA components: the
Grant Programs Directorate
and the United States Fire
Administration. FEMA’s mission
is to support our citizens
and first responders to ensure
that as a nation we work together
to build, sustain, and
improve our capability to prepare
for, protect against, respond
to, recover from, and
mitigate all hazards.

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