Aug 24 2005

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham announced $1,079,479 in grants for South Carolina Fire Departments. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. For the FY 2005 program, Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, $650 million in direct assistance to firefighters to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats. The following South Carolina cities were awarded grants: Anderson Center Rock Fire Department will receive a $116,824 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Elloree Elloree Fire Department will receive a $185,250 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Midway Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $235,600 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Eutawville Eutawville Fire Department will receive a $93,110 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Moncks Corner Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department will receive a $61,299 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Seneca Friendship Volunteer Fire Department will receive an $86,292 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Sharon Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $118,750 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Simpsonville Simpsonville Fire Department will receive a $46,800 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. St. Matthews Fort Motte Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $97,090 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Whitmire Whitmire Fire Department will receive a $38,464 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. ####

Aug 23 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Marion County School District Two will receive an $813,679 Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant. The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is a national grant program that provides federal funds to create safe and drug-free schools, develop social skills, and promote healthy childhood development. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Aug 23 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Lancaster County School District will receive an $894,523 Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant. The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative is a national grant program that provides federal funds to create safe and drug-free schools, develop social skills, and promote healthy childhood development. Graham recently visited Lancaster and met with local officials to discuss education, social security, and other issues of local concern. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Aug 19 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) today announced nearly $450,000 in grants to counties and cities throughout South Carolina to support local law enforcement. Grant recipients include: Counties
  • Chester County will receive $20,363 to purchase holsters, shotguns, an evidence and property module, and other equipment.
  • Chesterfield County will receive $21,203 to purchase equipment for drug and alcohol interdiction and counter terrorism programs.
  • Clarendon County will receive $18,803 to purchase undercover surveillance equipment.
  • Georgetown County will receive $30,885 to purchase computer hardware and software.
  • Jasper County will receive $14,082 to purchase hard communications infrastructure and enhance the Mobile Data Project.
  • Kershaw County will receive $25,444 to purchase security cameras, audio/video equipment, and weapons. In addition funds will be used to provide specialized training for officers.
  • Lancaster County will receive $26,124 to update computer hardware for the patrol division, and to purchase uniforms and training equipment.
  • Oconee County will receive $23,244 to purchase radios, forensic and crime scene supplies, cameras, canine unit equipment, emergency response and personal protective equipment, tactical and surveillance equipment, and training aids.
Cities
  • Anderson will receive $24,804 to support the “Street Level Criminal Apprehension Program.”
  • Chester will receive $18,363 to purchase body armor, uniforms, and a certified trained drug dog.
  • Columbia will receive $148,784 to purchase in-car digital cameras, 800MHz radios, mobile data terminals, mobile and field based reporting software, forensic lab supplies, prison cages for patrol vehicles, computers, and printers.
  • Hartsville will receive $17,523 to purchase equipment for traffic safety and traffic enforcement including vests, cones, handheld radar units, and a speed monitor trailer.
  • Myrtle Beach will receive $46,527 to purchase a radar unit, traffic accident investigation equipment, and motorcycle communications kits.
  • York will receive $13,122 to support safety, security, and traffic control activities.
All grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. ####

Aug 18 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fifth award for the North Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing gun violence, improving quality of life in the neighborhoods, providing human resource programs to address the needs of residents, and improving the physical condition of the neighborhoods. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 18 2005

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fourth award for the Spartanburg program. During this project period, program goals include identification and apprehension of persons involved in violent crime and drugs, encouraging and expanding community involvement in problem solving efforts, providing education and prevention programs for area youth, and improving neighborhood planning and housing. Graham noted that Spartanburg has also been awarded a $21,250 grant to implement a Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. G.R.E.A.T.’s violence prevention curriculum helps students develop values and practice behaviors that will assist them in avoiding gang pressure and destructive activities. Both grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 17 2005

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham announced $3,999,743 in grants for South Carolina Fire Departments. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP) awards one-year grants directly to fire departments to support the nation's firefighters and the services they deliver. For the FY 2005 program, Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, $650 million in direct assistance to firefighters to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The following South Carolina cities were awarded grants: Abbeville Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $188,100 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Edgewood Fire Department will receive a $41,514 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $34,696 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Aiken Silver Bluff Fire Department will receive a $47,731 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Anderson Broadway Fire Department will receive a $65,709 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Batesburg Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $37,339 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Beaufort Beaufort Fire Department will receive a $173,271 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Beech Island Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $62,168 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Boiling Springs Boiling Springs Fire Department will receive a $70,300 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Boiling Springs Fire District will receive a $97,452 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Conway Conway Fire Department will receive a $50,054 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Cross Anchor Cross Anchor Fire Department will receive a $62,685 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Donalds Broadmouth-Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $40,290 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Easley Easley Fire Department will receive a $170,971 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Fountain Inn Fountain Inn Fire & Rescue will receive a $66,806 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Gaffney Draytonville-Mckown-Mountain-Wilkinsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $200,450 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Honea Path Keowee Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $63,456 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Iva Grove Fire Department will receive a $213,750 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Lancaster Elgin Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $143,450 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Lyman Holly Springs Volunteer Fire District will receive a $164,825 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Marietta Slater-Marietta will receive a $54,535 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Murrells Inlet – Garden City Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District will receive a $231,691 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Moncks Corner Moncks Corner Fire Department will receive a $97,052 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Mt. Carmel Willington-Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Dept. will receive a $213,750 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Olar Olar Fire Department will receive a $15,234 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Orangeburg Jamison Fire Department will receive a $185,250 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Orangeburg Department of Public Safety will receive a $157,500 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Pickens Pumpkintown Area Fire Protection District will receive a $14,702 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Pomaria Pomaria Rescue Squad will receive a $73,625 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Salley Hollow Creek Fire Department will receive a $195,225 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Taylors Taylors Fire Dept will receive a $47,250 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Townville Double Springs Fire Department will receive a $55,556 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Wagener Wagener Fire Department will receive a $57,000 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Walhalla Pickett Post - Camp Oak Fire Department will receive a $140,710 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Westminster Oakway Rescue Squad, Inc. will receive a $48,980 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Williamston Piercetown Fire Department will receive a $90,250 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Windsor Windsor Fire Department will receive a $171,416 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. Winnsboro Greenbrier- Bethel Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $152,000 Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Grant. ###

Aug 17 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $260,000 in grants to counties and cities throughout South Carolina to support local law enforcement. Grant recipients include: Counties
  • Anderson County will receive $85,750 to upgrade the Sheriff’s Department communications system.
  • Darlington County will receive $35,446 to support and expand the Automated Incident Report Writing System. This system allows deputies to process incident data into a laptop and then download the data into the main server at the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Fairfield County will receive $25,284 to purchase equipment including in-car video cameras and hand held recorders.
  • Williamsburg County will receive $23,764 to purchase a fingerprint image capture machine.
Cities
  • Darlington will receive $13,162 to purchase equipment including tasers, handguns, and a trailer to transport crime scene equipment.
  • Lake City will receive $15,562 to purchase equipment for law enforcement activities in the areas of narcotics interdiction and enforcement, first responders to tactical situations, narcotics high risk interdiction, and line operations of patrol officers.
  • Sumter will receive $63,090 to purchase an in-car digital video system.
All grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. ####

Aug 15 2005

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) will receive a $250,000 grant to support the Hampton II Boot-Up Program. The program seeks to increase student achievement in grades 9-12 through the creation of technology-rich learning environments and after school tutoring activities. In addition, the program will provide Hampton residents with access to adult education and family wellness resources and training. The Hampton II Boot-Up Program is sponsored by the USCB/Hampton Partnership Initiative which includes USCB, Hampton County School District II, the Progressive Alliance of Ministers, and the Hampton County Department of Social Services. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Aug 15 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement on the passing of former Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn. Graham said: “Congressman Dorn never lost his desire for service and was always a friend to our nation’s veterans. He served his state and nation with great character and integrity. With his passing South Carolina has lost one of her most noble statesmen.” ####