WARRENTON, Ga. - Warren County Fire/Rescue Services Chief Tommy Wolfe was happy as could be after learning news Tuesday that his department will be receiving a grant of more than $36,000 for new firefighting equipment from a federal government agency.
"I'm very excited to be getting this news," Chief Wolfe said. "This is great news for our department and for our volunteer firefighters."
The grant, which totals $36,005, is being awarded to the Warren County Fire/Rescue Services from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Chief Wolfe said the money from the grant will be used to purchase new turnout gear for 18 of the county's 26 volunteer firefighters. Turnout gear includes such items as fire clothing, helmets and gloves.
Recently, the department received a grant of $5,378 from Washington Electric to purchase four sets of firefighter turnout gear.
"Both of these grants will bring our department into state compliance. And for that, I'm deeply appreciative to the people responsible for helping us get these grants," Chief Wolfe said.
Nationally, the FEMA awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program approximately $500 million to aid fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.
"The Assistance to Firefighters Grant programs are the result of a major effort by the federal government to ensure the provision of a solid foundation for local fire and emergency response services," according to U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade in a press release.
The grants are administered cooperatively by two FEMA components - the National Preparedness Directorate and the United States Fire Administration.