First Posted: 5/16/2009
RALEIGH Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Mountain Park Rescue Squad, Inc., Greater Mount Airy Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. and Pilot Mountain Rescue And E.M.S., Inc. have been awarded grants to help purchase new equipment.
The Mountain Park Rescue Squad was awarded a $13,147.56 grant, Mount Airy Rescue Squad was awarded an $8,971.17 grant and Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad was awarded a $2,053.25 grant through the 2008 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the state of North Carolina.
The checks will be mailed to the squad chiefs, Robert Hinson Jr. at Mountain Park, Chad Hutchens at Mount Airy and Dennis Manuel at Pilot Mountain, to be used by the departments to purchase needed equipment, which must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.
Departments that provide rescue and EMS services to their communities play a vital part in the protection of our citizens, and they deserve the best equipment so they can do their jobs safely and efficiently, Goodwin said.
I know the (rescue squads) will put this money to good use in service to their community, Goodwin added. Thank you, Chief Robert Hinson Jr., Chief Chad Hutchens and Chief Dennis Manuel, and thanks to your staff for all of your hard work and dedication.
Mountain Park Rescue Squad, Inc. has received a total of $76,694.16 from the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund in the past 20 years since the program began. The Greater Mount Airy Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. has received a total of $54,713.07 from the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund since the program began. Pilot Mountain Rescue And E.M.S., Inc. has received a total of $111,587.42 from the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund.
The General Assembly created the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund in 1989 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by monies raised locally to purchase necessary equipment. Since the programs inception, the Department of Insurance has distributed more than $23 million to rescue and EMS squads across the state.