Congressman Clyburn Announces Three Public Safety Departments to Receive Fire Grants

Aug 17, 2005

(Washington, DC) - Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn announced today two Orangeburg County agencies and a Bamberg County fire department will receive more than $350,000 in grants from the U.S. Fire Administration. The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and the Olar Fire Department will receive $157,500 and $15,234 grants respectively for operations and safety purposes. These federal funds can be used to support training equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.  The Jamison Fire Department will receive $185,250 for the acquisition of a new vehicle.

"These funds are being used for front-line public safety in these communities," Congressman Clyburn said.  "I am pleased they are seeking federal assistance to insure that local residents receive the best protection possible if an unfortunate disaster occurs."

These awards were made as part of round one of the competitive Fiscal Year 2005 Fire Grants. These awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Grants like these 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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