September 30, 2004

Memphis Fire Department Receives $162,000 Grant For New Fire Truck

For the second time in less than a year, the United States Department of Homeland Security has come through with a grant to help make Scotland County a safer place.

On September 24th a Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) was approved for the City of Memphis. The U.S. Homeland Security Office for Domestic Preparedness announced the cityís fire department was approved for a $162,000 grant to allow the fire department to replace the old pumper truck dedicated to city fire protection service.

Secretary Tom Ridge announced 285 grants to fire departments throughout the United States in the seventeenth round of the Fiscal Year 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The news came less than a month after the fire department brought its newest pumper truck online to serve the Scotland County Rural Fire Protection Association. The Homeland Security Division also helped fund that project with a $144,000 grant. The department received the first grant in October of 2003.

The latest award will allow the fire department to replace the old ďcity truckĒ. This pumper is the lone truck dedicated solely for service to the city. The volunteer fire department is a joint effort serving both the City of Memphis as well as the members of the rural association.

The grant process will require a 10-percent match from the Cityís fire funds, bringing the anticipated project cost to $180,000.

To date more than 3,000 AFG grants have been approved nationwide funding more than $235 million in improvements for fire departments. The state of Missouri has received 86 grants for nearly $6 million. In addition to funding new fire trucks the grants also help purchase personal protective gear and other safety materials for the departments.

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