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2012-02-23 / Community News

South Lee County VFD to Receive Grant

The South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department will receive a grant of $157,052 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Friday. The funding will be used for training and support operations, and to purchase firefighter safety and rescue equipment. It comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

“This funding will help make sure first responders at the South Lee County Volunteer Fire Department will have the resources necessary to keep the surrounding communities safe,” Sen. Cornyn said.

The grant aims 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 firerelated hazards.

The Office of Grants and Training, a component of the DHS Preparedness Directorate, partners with state and local officials to strengthen the capabilities of first responders in addressing emergencies and catastrophic incidents. The program provides a broad array of assistance to America’s emergency responders through funding, coordinated training, exercises, equipment acquisition, and technical assistance.

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