Jemison FD awarded fire grant

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Jemison Fire Department has been awarded a federal fire grant in the amount of $35,625.

The grant is an Operations and Safety Grant allocated through the Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program. It will allow the department to purchase a complete extrication system for vehicle crashes and a thermal imaging camera for use when responding to fire calls.

“Firefighters are on the front lines every day, protecting lives and saving property,” Congressman Spencer Bachus said. “They deserve modern equipment and the best in safety gear. This grant program helps ensure that fire companies have the necessary resources to quickly and effectively respond to emergency calls. The award will help the Jemison Fire Department continue its outstanding service to the public.”

Funds awarded under the AFG program are used to meet the firefighting and emergency needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated medical services organizations. Only the applications most closely conforming to program priorities are considered and scored by peer review panels.

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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