Donny Green, DeKalb County Fire Chief, announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have awarded a $41,750 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the DeKalb County Fire Department. Chief Green says that the Federal share is 95 percent or $39,662 and the local share is 5 percent or $2,088.
The award will be used to purchase communications equipment and personal protective equipment for the department’s volunteer firefighters. The grant will help meet the needs of DeKalb County's growing, rural fire department. The Department has eleven stations that are responsible for protecting 305 square miles. The department’s 83 volunteer firefighters respond to an average of 325 fire-related calls per year. DeKalb County Fire Department is one of the few county-wide departments in Tennessee.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is designed as an opportunity for the United States Congress to work with DHS to enhance basic fire service delivery across the United States.
Chief Green says that his department has been fortunate to receive Federal funding to help purchase the critical tools that allow his volunteers to safely and efficiently protect and serve the citizens of DeKalb County.