Graniteville fire department to receive grant money

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The Graniteville Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $72,373 in federal grant money for operations and safety equipment costs.

The award, offered through the 2008 Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, was announced today in a release by U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett

“The public service the Graniteville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters provide is extremely vital to their community,” Mr. Barrett stated in the release. “It is essential that they are given the tools and resources necessary to be successful in their jobs. This grant will immediately impact their department’s operations and will greatly increase our firefighters’ safety and effectiveness.”

The firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.

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The Ode
The Ode 08/14/09 - 02:47 pm
What a waste of taxpayer

What a waste of taxpayer money to subsidize those who want fire protection without having to pay for it.

curly123053 08/14/09 - 03:31 pm
For your information,

For your information, volunteer firefighters comprise of majority of all firefighters in the nation. Dedicated men and women put their lives on the line daily for their respective communities and a lot of these firefighters pay for classes and training out of their own pockets when they need to. Unincorporated areas all across the nation and our local area depend on these volunteer firefighters. In a lot of rural areas homeowners and property owners pay a subscription or a fee for firefighter services. I spent 15 yrs as a member of one of Aiken County's volunteer departments and I can tell you 1st hand what I have seen. Graniteville FD is very deserving of these funds and I do not appreciate a city bigot slighting them at all. They have always done a great job for their area as do most volunteer departments. They probably deserve a lot more than what there are getting for their efforts after the train derailment. The Ode, if you ever are in need of help in their area they will be the 1st ones who you will most likely see, but I hope you don't ever need that kind of help.

Carefree 08/14/09 - 03:41 pm
hopefully they won't use it

hopefully they won't use it to finance another attempt at incorporation leave it to phil napier to make sure it doesn't go to what it is suppose to go to

Newsreader 08/14/09 - 07:45 pm
FYI, Federal Grants are

FYI, Federal Grants are monitored and money paid only when properly accounted for IE an invoice, or receipt for payment. There is no waste of taxpayer money in this grant process at all. These grants are very competative and hard to qualify for. This is one of the few federal government program that actually helps the little guy! As for subsidizing those wanting fire protection without having to pay for it; Graniteville residents do pay the full amount assessed, but the purpose of these grants is suppliment the local department so that the fire fees are not too costly for the homeowner. I really which that TheOde could lose that chip on his shoulder.

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