Congressman Patrick McHenry has announced Department of Homeland Security grants to several local fire departments.
McHenry announced a $450,114 grant to the East Lincoln Fire Department. The grant comes in the fourth round of this year’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awards. These grants assist local fire departments by enabling them to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies. Local departments applied for the grants from the program which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the US Fire Administration.
According to East Lincoln Fire Chief Tim Tench, the grant will fund five full-time firefighter positions, four for the headquarters station and one for the department’s satellite station.
“This grant will be a tremendous asset to the East Lincoln Fire Department which protects one of the fastest-growing areas in the 10th District,” said Congressman McHenry. “Eastern Lincoln County has experienced significant residential and industrial growth in the past decade and the SAFER Grant will allow East Lincoln Fire Department to continue to meet the manpower demands necessary to serve this area.”
East Lincoln is one of seven 10th District departments to receive SAFER funding in the FY 2018 grant cycle with a total of $2,809,167 in SAFER funds having been awarded among those departments.
Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.
Other grants included a $1,660,187 regional grant that will benefit every fire department in Gaston County. The application was submitted by the Cherryville Fire Department, which will act as the host department for the grant.
According to Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, the grant funding will provide for mobile and portable 800mhz digital radios that will foster interoperability for fire departments in Gaston County. It will also enhance interpretability with other emergency response agencies outside of Gaston County.
“This grant is extremely competitive. This is the third time that the Cherryville Fire Department has applied for the regional grant and we are thrilled that it has been awarded," said Chief Cash. "The grant will allow the Gaston County Fire Service to utilize the modern 800mhz system. We thank Congressman McHenry for his tireless work on behalf of the fire service and all emergency responders.”
“This is the largest AFG Grant awarded in the 10th District during my service in Congress" said Congressman McHenry. “Chief Cash is a nationally respected leader in the fire service and I am proud to call him a friend. In fact, Chief Cash has given his time for many years to teach the fire grant workshops that my office offers for fire and rescue departments throughout the Tenth District. He and his team have worked very hard on this grant and the fruits of their labor will be better communications capabilities for those who protect us. This is a huge win for Gaston County,”
Other grants announced this month include a $61,578 for the Lucia-Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department in Gaston County announced last week.
According to Lucia-Riverbend Fire Chief David Toomey, the grant funds will be used to purchase twenty new full sets of turnout gear. The gear will replace older turnout gear that does not meet current standards.
Another grant of $183,848 will go to Ranlo Fire and Rescue in Gaston County.
According to Ranlo Fire Chief Chip Carr, the grant will be used to purchase 23 sets of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs. “Our current air packs are out of date and in great need of replacement," said Chief Carr. "This grant will be an enormous help to our department in bringing our air packs up to current standards.”
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