According to Congressman Mike Rogers, a pair of local volunteer fire departments will have shares in the latest round of grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Talladega County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said. “I congratulate (these) men and women … for receiving these grants and hope they will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens.”
County Line Volunteer Fire Department will receive $72,096. County Line V.F.D. Chief Kody Harrison said his department would use the money to buy 12 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, the first such purchase since 2002.
Winterboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue will receive $16,953 in grant funds. W.V.F.D. Chief Kevin Sturdivant said Winterboro was planning to use its grant for a new automated CPR device that will help with meeting rigorous new standards for chest compressions.
The news release announcing the grants said that the purpose of the grant program is to “award funding directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations and state fire training academies that are unaffiliated with a hospital. These awards aim to enhance (the ability of) first responders, to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire related hazards.”