Wilson Announces Funding for S.C. Fire Department

Dec 10, 2003
Press Release
West Columbia Fire Department to Receive $46,883 under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced that the West Columbia Fire Department will receive $46,883 in funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “I am pleased to congratulate the West Columbia Fire Department and particularly Chief Ronald Scarboro on their dedication to public safety,” said Rep. Wilson. “As our nation fire departments are first responders to community emergencies, this level of financial assistance is invaluable to increasing the safety of the people of West Columbia.” 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 usfagrants@fema.gov. For the most current information regarding these grant awards, and any of the many other USFA projects, visit www.usfa.fema.gov 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. ###