Dec 19 2008

Shelby Announces $183,136 for South Alabama Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Homeland Security will release $111,886 to Georgetown Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department, located in Mobile County, and $71,250 to Spanish Fort Fire and Rescue Department, located in Baldwin County.  The funding is provided through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

“Firefighters, our nation’s true first responders, are in the field every day protecting our citizens,” said Shelby. “It is critical that firefighters are adequately prepared to respond to emergencies and keep our communities safe.  This grant will allow the Georgetown Fellowship Volunteer Fire Department and the Spanish Fort Fire and Rescue Department fund their operations and safety programs.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded these funds as a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This program will distribute $500 million in direct federal assistance this year to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations nationwide.