Senators applaud grants to area fire department

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) congratulated the Maryville fire department and thanked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for awarding a $156,900 grant to the City of Maryville Fire Department for operations and safety under the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

The AFG program provides grants directly to local fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations so they can obtain equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

“This grant will help the brave men and women at City of Maryville Fire Department with the training and equipment they need in order to do their jobs and save lives,” said Alexander. “Senator Corker and I appreciate this investment from the Department of Homeland Security and will continue working together to ensure that fire departments in Tennessee are ready and able to keep our citizens safe.”

“Firefighters perform a tremendous public service, and, as a former mayor, I know firsthand how important it is that they have the best possible resources,” said Corker. “This grant will help ensure that firefighters at the City of Maryville Fire Department have the support they need to keep our families and our most precious resources safe from harm. Senator Alexander and I thank the Department of Homeland Security for supporting Tennessee’s firefighters.”

The Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency administers AFG grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. In 2005, Congress reauthorized the AFG program through 2010.

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