Resources will help Grady County Fire and Rescue upgrade equipment, train firefighters, and more
Cairo, Ga. — Fire safety upgrades are coming to Grady County thanks to U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock.
Sens. Ossoff and Warnock are delivering $505,418.18 to Grady County through the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which Grady County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Phillips says will be used replace outdated equipment, some of which is 20 years old.
Sens. Ossoff and Warnock secured resources for the AFG program with bipartisan support through last year’s government funding package.
“Firefighters in Grady County and across Georgia put their lives on the line to keep families safe,” Sen. Ossoff said. “Senator Warnock and I will never stop championing Georgia’s heroic fire departments, and these resources will help them respond to emergencies that threaten lives and property.”
“Our firefighters are some of the best among us. They run into danger to preserve our safety, and they are beacons of courage and resilience in every corner of Georgia. That is why I am honored to join Senator Ossoff in announcing these new investments in public safety for fire departments across the state,” said Senator Reverend Warnock.“Senator Ossoff and I will continue working to secure additional investments so these brave public servants are able to protect and serve to the fullest of their abilities.”
“Grady County Fire and Rescue applied for 48 SCBA’s and 37 sets of Turnout Gear. We are very appreciative to be awarded this grant and the impact it will have on our department and community. Grant purchases will be used to replace outdated equipment, some of which is 20 years old. Our firefighters will be outfitted in safer gear and upgraded breathing apparatus. This grant is assisting with our budget as these are some of the most expensive items to replace that also have expiration dates on them from their manufacturers. Turnout gear and breathing apparatuses are essential equipment for firefighters to perform their duties safely and effectively in our community. Being awarded this grant ensures that our firefighters will have the necessary equipment for years to come,” said Grady County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Richard Phillips.