Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Announces Funding for S.C. Fire Department

Dec 10, 2003
Press Release
Burton Fire District to Receive $275,674 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced that the Burton Fire-Rescue Department will receive $275,674 in funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “I am pleased to congratulate the Burton Fire-Rescue Department and particularly Chief Harry Rountree on their dedication to public safety,” said Rep. Wilson. “As most of our nation’s fire departments are comprised of volunteers, this level of financial assistance is invaluable to increasing the fire safety for the people of Burton.” The Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds are used by the nation’s firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs, and fire prevention and safety programs. Fire departments having questions regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can reach the FEMA Grant Program staff at 1-866-274-0960, or via email at For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other USFA projects, visit for the most current news releases from the USFA. On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. ###