Wilson Announces Grant for S.C. Fire Department

Jan 9, 2004
Press Release
Port Royal Fire Department to Receive $144,306 in Federal Funding
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced that the Town of Port Royal Fire Department will receive $144,306.00 in funding under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “This is such wonderful news for the people of Port Royal and the surrounding area, as these funds will assist in increasing their safety,” said Rep. Wilson. “Most are not aware that the majority of our nation’s fire departments are largely volunteer and operate on tight budgets. These grants are invaluable to making sure that our firefighting heroes have the equipment and training they need. I want to personally thank Chief Wendell Wilburn and Assistant Chief James Colwell for their service and working to secure this funding.” 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. ###