First Posted: 2/24/2009
ATLANTA The Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department of Mount Airy has been slated to receive a little more than half of $248,000 the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded this week in assistance to firefighters grant funding.
Pine Ridge was earmarked for $132,232 of FEMAs $248,337 grant money, and will be used for general operations and safety expenditures. Other fire departments to receive some of the grant money include The Piney Grove Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept. in Kernersville, which received $59,898, and the Verona Volunteer Fire Department in Jacksonville which will get $56,207.
In a year that has already had its share of severe weather, we have also seen that local emergency responders are once again prepared to step forward and protect their communities, said FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May. As we head deeper into the severe weather season, first responders will be better equipped and trained to handle any situation put before them, whether natural or manmade.
Nationally, this weeks grants total is nearly $30 million, with a total of about $500 million o be given out over the course of the fiscal year.