Aug 16 2007
Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced more than $770,000 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:
Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad will receive a $136,539 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
Rock Springs Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $124,097 Operations and Safety grant.
Chappells Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $57,937 Operations and Safety grant.
Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $156,750 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
Four Holes Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $203,823 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
Una Fire Department will receive a $93,195 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.