Jul 30 2007
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $950,000 in grants to fire departments and rescue squads in South Carolina.
“Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians,” said Graham. “These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available.”
Grants were awarded in the following program areas:
Operations and 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.
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 grants awarded include:
Chesterfield County Rescue Squad Unit 2 will receive a $96,900 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
Hartsville Rescue Squad will receive an $81,000 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
Caromi Fire Department will receive a $95,000 Operations and Safety grant.
Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $533,760 Operations and Safety grant.
Newberry County Rescue Squad will receive a $98,071 Operations and Safety grant.
Powdersville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $35,550 Operations and Safety grant.
Williamston Rescue Squad will receive a $15,825 Operations and Safety grant..
The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel.
Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.
The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.