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Caroline receives another Homeland Security grant
David Layman, Fire – EMS Chief
Office: (804)633-9831 or email: email@example.com
Caroline County Department of Fire – Rescue and Emergency Management receives Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2011
Caroline, Virginia – The Caroline County Department of Fire – Rescue and Emergency Management is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a US Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $275,679.00. This grant will fund protective firefighter clothing/gear as well the purchase and installation of special firefighter gear washing machines/dryers.
AFG grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards. This grant program is highly competitive with the US Homeland Security Department receiving approximately 18,000 applications annually.
Fire-EMS Chief David Layman stated, “We are extremely pleased to accept this grant. It will provide us an opportunity to improve and update our equipment with minimal impacts on our County’s budget. Protective clothing must continually be updated for safety standards. This grant will help ensure that our firefighters can operate safely.” Prior to this grant, the Department did not have the ability to launder their own protective clothing. The addition of these gear washers/dryers will greatly extend the life of the protective garments.
The Department will be utilizing support funds received from the Commonwealth of Virginia to meet grant funding match requirements. The Department is especially proud that no local taxpayer funds will be used in the acquisition of this new equipment. The Department continues to aggressively seek out grant opportunities to decrease the financial demands on local revenues.
The Department expects to have the new protective gear and equipment in service within the next 12 months. For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.