16 Mississippi Fire Departments Will Benefit from Operations and Safety Grants

WASHINGTON, D. C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today reported that 16 Mississippi fire departments will receive more than $1.4 million in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) to enhance their operations and safety efforts.

Administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration, the grants will assist the departments as they acquire new equipment and train their firefighters.

“Firefighters and other first responders protect and serve us at a great personal risk,” said Cochran, who serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over FEMA. “I am pleased that these grants will help ensure that they are as well-equipped and well-trained as possible.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants, totaling $1,449,920, will support the following Mississippi fire departments:

· City of Greenville Fire Department, Greenville — $268,864

· Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department, Oxford — $232,228

· Oktibbeha County District #5 Volunteer Fire Department, Starkville — $174,419

· Natchez Fire Department, Natchez — $147,191

· Town of Mathiston, Mathiston — $97,715

· Laurel Fire Department, Laurel — $85,932

· Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel — $70,858

· Longtown Fire Department, Crenshaw — $69,779

· Pope Volunteer Fire Department, Pope — $59,872

· Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department, Myrtle — $44,762

· Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department, Hickory Flat — $42,667

· Brandon Fire Department, Brandon — $40,910

· Mount Olivet Fire Department, Batesville — $39,155

· Hattiesburg Fire Department, Hattiesburg — $25,662

· Metcalfe Volunteer Fire Department, Metcalfe — $24,953

· Mount Olive Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Mount Olive — $24,953

AFG grants are awarded to enhance the readiness and firefighting ability of local fire departments. These grants are awarded by a competitive process overseen by fire service experts.