DeKalb County Fire Department has been contacted by Senator Lamar Alexander’s office notifying Chief Donny Green that the department’s 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application, in the amount of $49,815, has been awarded. The AFG Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The funding award will be used to purchase water supply equipment, automatic external defibrillators (AED’s), and portable gas-powered generators. This equipment will serve all 11 (soon-to-be 12) of the department’s stations across the county. The Federal share of this award is $47,443 and the local matching share, to be provided by the DeKalb County Government, is $2,372.
Chief Green says that the firefighting and medical equipment to be purchased with these grant funds will have a huge impact on the department’s daily operations. “We are really fortunate to be able to get federal funding to pay for this essential and expensive equipment. Our grant application aligned perfectly with AFG’s purpose of the grant—‘to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards’—and our county will soon be getting the benefit of $49,815 for a cost to our local government of only $2,372,” said Chief Green. Using a competitive process, grants are awarded to applicants whose requests best address the priorities of the AFG Program.
County Mayor Tim Stribling says he and the DeKalb County Commissioners are appreciative for this federal funding that allows the fire department to purchase this essential firefighting equipment at a cost of only 5% to our county.
The DeKalb County Fire Department wishes to express its sincere thanks to County Mayor Tim Stribling, the DeKalb County Commission, Senator Lamar Alexander, and the Department of Homeland Security for their loyal support of the department’s application for this grant.