The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department has received a grant of $97,191 from the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
With funds from fiscal year 2004, $745 million will be awarded to several thousand fire departments.
South Fork VFD will use funds for equipment for their new fire truck to be delivered in April.
â€œWe recognize the importance of the Fire Act Grants to our nationâ€™s fire departments, and we will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs,â€ said C. Suzanne Mencer, director of Department of Homeland Security Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States.
These funds increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs and fire prevention and safety programs in local departments.
â€œIn this nation, far too many individuals lose their lives or are injured by fire. Among these victims are firefighters who provide emergency response services to their fellow residents,â€ said U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. â€œThe nationâ€™s firefighters and American homes are safer today through this important grant program.â€
by Staff Reports