Volunteer fire departments share $3 million grant

MONTGOMERY, AL – Congressman Bobby Bright announced Tuesday nine grants for Second District volunteer fire departments. The grants total nearly $3 million, and will be awarded to Alabama VFDs through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program administered by the Department of Homeland Security.

The AFG is designed to enhance response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public with respect to fire and other hazards. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs, and buy equipment and response vehicles.  In November, Bright voted to reauthorize the AFG program.

"As a former mayor, I have seen our first responders bravely answer the call of duty when emergencies occur," Bright said. "Unfortunately, they are also vulnerable to the same budgetary constraints that affect local governments struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy.  I am very pleased that AFG funds are being awarded to deserving Second District fire departments so they can remain strong and continue to protect and serve our friends and neighbors without the fear of having to reduce quality of service.  These grants will help these fire departments train firefighters and purchase new equipment to keep our communities safe."

Grants awarded in the Second District are:

  • Burkville VFD, Lowndes County:  $28,662
  • Honoraville VFD, Crenshaw County:  $71,749
  • Lenox-Springhill VFD, Conecuh County:  $85,073
  • Lovetown VFD, Houston County:  $59,138
  • Lyeffion VFD, Conecuh County:  $46,189
  • Southern Junction VFD, Geneva County:  $7,534
  • White Oak VFD, Barbour County:  $61,057
  • Wicksburg Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept., Dale County:  $157,786
  • Wing VFD, Covington County:  $56,877

INFORMATION SOURCE: Congressman Bobby Bright's office