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U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (N.C.) announced that 12 North Carolina fire departments will receive a total of $1,907,418 through the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
The Conover Fire Department will receive $38,228.
The funding will help firefighters and first responders obtain critically needed communications equipment, protective gear, training and other resources.
â€śI am so pleased that these North Carolina fire departments were selected to receive AFG funding,â€ť said Hagan. â€śDuring a time when communities across the state are struggling with limited budgets, these grants will help ensure that our brave firefighters and first responders have the tools and resources they need to protect our families and stay safe on the job.â€ť
The AFG program, which Hagan supported in the U.S. Senate, awards grants directly to fire departments and EMS organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.
â€śHenderson County Emergency Services are elated to receive the Fire Act grant to upgrade the communications system for our first responders,â€ť said Rocky Hyder, Henderson County EMS director. â€śWe are immensely grateful for Senator Haganâ€™s energetic and continuous support for this project.â€ť
Henderson County EMS will receive the largest portion of the grant, $757,424.
Other areas receiving money include Millers Creek, Green Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Little Brushy Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Bat Cave Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Warne Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Indian Beach-Salter Path Fire Department, Beaufort Fire Department, North Canton Fire Department, North Catawba Fire-Rescue Department Inc. and ADR Fire-Rescue Inc. in Riegelwood.