(NASHVILLE)- Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) said today he is very pleased that three Volunteer Fire Departments in his district have been selected to receive funding through the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program. The program was set up under legislation Stevens co-sponsored in the General Assembly last year to help Tennessee’s volunteer fire departments purchase equipment. It also provides essential funds to help them meet local matching requirements for federal grants for this purpose.
“Our volunteer firefighters are absolutely essential to the health and safety of our communities, and it is important we ensure they have the resources necessary to stay safe,” said Stevens. “These grants will help accomplish that.”
“I appreciate all our firefighters and first responders. Their daily commitment to saving lives is selfless and admirable. I will continue fighting to bring more funding to their work,” he added.
The volunteer fire departments receiving the grants in Senate District 24 are the Obion Fire Department for $46,312, the City of Dyer Fire Department for $23,466 and the Dresden Fire Department for $23,887.
The majority of Tennessee’s firefighters are volunteers. The 22,065 active firefighters that have been reported to the SFMO consist of 14,218 (64.4%) volunteers and 7,847 (35.6%) career firefighters.