April 30, 2013

Lily Fire Department receives $72,105 grant to purchase new equipment

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award the Lily Volunteer Fire Department $72,105 to purchase new safety gear.

“Whether it’s responding to a traffic accident, a medical emergency, or a burning building, modern equipment is essential for our first responders to do their jobs effectively,” Rogers said. “This federal investment will go a long way towards increasing the safety of our brave fire fighters in the Lily community and in Laurel County.”

The Lily Volunteer Fire Department plans to purchase eight new self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A) units with spare cylinders and masks. The department will also replace some buffer gear that was destroyed in a recent house fire.

The primary goal of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, these grants have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire-related hazards. This award is at the sole discretion of FEMA.