New Hebron VFD gets $41K grant

Published 2:00 pm Sunday, August 15, 2021

New Hebron Volunteer Fire Department in Lawrence County has been awarded a $41,428.57 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

New Hebron VFD is one of eight departments to receive a grant in this fourth round of competitive FY2020 AFG awards. The money will be used by the department to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Brookhaven, and Sen. Roger Wicker praised the total award of more than $1.8 million on Friday.

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The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program will be awarded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

“Firefighters require proper equipment to keep Mississippians safe. These FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants will allow these departments to acquire the equipment and training necessary to improve their public safety responsibilities,” said Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. “I am thankful for this substantial round of funding and look forward to additional grants being awarded to more Mississippi fire departments.”

“Our local firefighters are on the front lines when it comes to keeping Mississippians safe,” Wicker said. “These AFG grants will enhance their response capabilities and improve safety, enabling firefighters to protect the public more effectively.”

The $1,837,801.73 in FY 2020 AFG Program funds will also support the following projects:

• Walthall Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Walthall County — $50,476.19 to replace Personal Protective Equipment.

• City of Biloxi, Harrison County — $808,518.18 for firefighter mental health and wellness programs and to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses.

• Itawamba County — $713,045.45 to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses for volunteer fire departments in the county.

• Tri Community Volunteer Fire Dept., Marion County — $111,000.00 to purchase two thermal imaging cameras, self-contained breathing apparatuses, and additional face pieces.

• City of Iuka, Tishomingo County — $48,619.05 to purchase extrication equipment.

• Puckett Vol Fire Department, Rankin County — $47,571.43 to purchase jaws of life equipment.

• Walters Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Rankin County — $17,142.86 to purchase two thermal imaging cameras.