Macon Co. gets $380,000 for new fire equipment

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Mike Rogers congratulated the men and women of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department and Little Texas Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday for receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, funding Rogers said would help the Macon County fire departments purchase new firefighting vehicles.

"Macon County's first responders are our first line of defense," Rogers said. "I congratulate the men and women of these fire departments for receiving these grants, and hope they will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens."

Rogers said both Franklin Volunteer Fire Department and Little Texas Volunteer Fire Department should receive a $190,000 grant each to purchase a new firefighting vehicle.

These grants should be awarded under the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a Federal program which supports first responders across Alabama and the nation.

According to the Homeland Security Department, which administers the grant, the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations. These awards aim to enhance first responders' ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.

Rogers is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response on the Committee on Homeland Security in Congress. "I am pleased to see the Federal government is continuing to make these types of investments in the Third District," he added.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Congressman Mike Roger's office