Sunday, May 16, 2010

Local Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

Congressman Bart Gordon has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program will award $30,000 to the Dodson Branch Volunteer Fire Department for new safety equipment. The department will put the funds toward the purchase of two new defibrillators to allow first responders to resuscitate individuals in critical conditions. Fire Chief Keith Bean says the department will also purchase a new accountability system, which helps track firefighters in a building that might be down or trapped through a system of beacons and sensors. Gordon says he has been a strong supporter of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which has awarded more than 1,300 grants to Tennessee first responders since 2000, totaling more than $108 million.