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FEMA Awards Stewart Simmons Volunteer Fire Department Over $102,000 PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Friday, 07 August 2009 11:44

The United States Department of Homeland Security and FEMA awarded the Stewart Simmons Volunteer Fire Department in Deep Gap with over $102,000 as part of their Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.


According to Fire Chief Doug Berry of the Stewart Simmons VFD, the money will be used to purchase 13 self contained breathing apparatuses, a breathing air station, and a rapid intervention kit, which is like an air pack in a bag.


Chief Berry said his department was finally awarded the grant money after applying for 6 years.  He explained, “We were very, very thankful to receive the money and it’ll do a lot of good in the community.  Our funds are always strapped and our current air systems were between 15 and 25-years-old.  This is really going to go a long way in helping us better serve the community and protect our firefighters when we’re working a scene.”


Over $707,000 were awarded to local fire departments and organizations across North Carolina.


The only other department to receive funds in our area is the North Catawba Fire and Rescue Department in Lenoir.


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