Congressman Clyburn Announces Columbia Fire Department to Receive FEMA Grant

Jan 12, 2005

(Washington, DC) - Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn announced today the Columbia Fire Department will receive a $175,398 operations and firefighter safety grant from the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Fire Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These federal funds can be used to support training equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

            "I'm extremely pleased the Columbia Fire Department has sought federal funds as a means of continuing its excellence in public safety and protection," Congressman Clyburn said. "This department has aggressively pursued every means possible to insure the safety and security of local residents.  Because of this department's tenacity, the people of this City can feel secure that their first responders are prepared to protect them in a time of need."

            Over the past few months, Congressman Clyburn has announced similar federal grants for local departments in cities and towns like Bamberg, Fort Motte, Britton's Neck, Kingstree, Orangeburg, and Summerton. Congressman Clyburn has supported the FEMA fire assistance grant program since its inception in 2001. In all, nearly $2 million in federal support has been directed to the Sixth Congressional District.

Grants like this one are given to urban, suburban and rural departments across the country. Departments must demonstrate a need for the use of the training or equipment and a financial incapacity to acquire it on its own.


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