September 9, 2009 Edition

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Imboden VFD receives grant

U.S. Senators Blanche L. Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry have announced that the Imboden Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $43,700 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The money comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program for operations and safety, which include training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness and health and safety modifications to fire stations.

The IVFD plans to use the money to purchase large five-inch diameter hoses and eight air packs.

Lincoln, Pryor and Berry all expressed the importance of these funds made available to rural fire departments.

"Everyday our first responders put their lives on the line to keep us safe," Berry said. "The firefighters and first responders in rural areas often face unique challenges, and they deserve to have the best tools and resources available to better serve their communities."

The AFG program is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They provide fire departments and EMS organizations the tools, training and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel.

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