Pittsview VFD gets federal grant

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers announced today that the Pittsview Volunteer Fire Department Inc. will be receiving a $71,345 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grant will be used to purchase new firefighting equipment. “Russell County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said. “I congratulate the men and women of this fire department for receiving this grant, and hope it will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens.”

Rogers said the grant should be awarded under the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, an essential Federal program which supports first responders across Alabama and the nation.

The Homeland Security Department, which administers the grant, said the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations. These awards aim to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.

Rogers, a Republican from Saks, Ala., is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight on the Committee on Homeland Security in Congress. “I am pleased to see the Federal government is continuing to make these types of investments in the Third District,” he added.