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Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $1 Million To Support Four Virginia Fire Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,050,440 in federal funding for Virginia fire departments through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistant to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department will receive $860,455 and the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive $119,429 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. The Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department in Wirtz will receive $20,548 to purchase a new hose and nozzles and the Henrico County Division of Fire will receive $50,008 to use towards firefighter training.

“Our firefighters keep communities across Virginia safe every single day. Ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to carry out their work will always be a priority for us,” the Senators said. “These grants will allow the fire organizations to update and purchase new equipment and access necessary training resources, strengthening their ability to protect the Commonwealth.”

The primary goal of FEMA’s AFG program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and State Fire Training Academies for critically-needed resources.