Kenova Volunteer Fire Department Receives Grant

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced federal funding has been awarded to Kenova Volunteer Fire Department to help the 40-member, all volunteer force strengthen their operations, safety, and response capabilities.
“Every time tragedy strikes, we are reminded of the daily dangers our frontline heroes, our first responders, routinely encounter.  It heightens our sense of gratitude for the jobs these men and women perform,” said Rahall. “And, when we remind ourselves that many of our firefighters in southern West Virginia are volunteers, the meaning of bravery becomes even more profound.  That’s why I have long been a fierce advocate for federal funding to support public safety on the local level. While tightening our budgetary belt, we must stand united in support of critical investments in national priorities like our first responders.”

Kenova VFD will receive $68,210 Assistance to Firefighter Grant to purchase new firefighting hoses and nozzles for its three trucks, replacing some equipment more than 30-years old. 

“As always, we are greatly appreciative of the support through the years given to us by Congressman Rahall,” said Chief Tim Bias who explained his department is responsible for protecting 3,500 homes and businesses in its response district, from the Town of Kenova to outlying areas such as White Creek.

The grant is included in Round 8 of the competitive FY 2011 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.  The funding can be used to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

The AFG program awards grants directly to local fire departments and Emergency Medical Service organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.  Since 2002, southern West Virginia has received $21 million through the FEMA FIRE grants programs.