Area FDs get more than $14,000 in grants, scholarships
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

April 25, 2006 -- Three local fire departments netted $14,157 of the $430,426 in emergency funds awarded in grants and scholarships this month by Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Hopkins County Fire/Rescue was approved by TCFP committee to receive $3,450 in grants and $2,115 in scholarships, and will also receive an automatic external defibrillator from the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program administered by the Office of Rural Community Affairs.

TCFP also awarded Sulphur Springs Fire Department a $1,600  grant, and approved Yantis Volunteer Fire Department to receive $6,992 in emergency funds.

The Hopkins County Fire/Rescue department was awarded $2,115 in scholarships to help pay the cost for three firefighters to attend an annual training convention. 

The $3,450 in grants will be used to replace hoses and purchase a rescue saw and other equipment for the county's fire department.

Sulphur Springs Fire Department's $1,600 grant will be used for replacement equipment.

Yantis VFD's $6,992 grant will also go toward replacing fire hoses and nozzles.

TCFP received requests for $1,312,396 in funding and awarded only $430,426 to applying agencies in the form of $387,596 in grants and $42,830 in scholarships.

On the 'Net:

Texas Commission on Fire Protection:

http://www.tcfp.state.tx.us/.

Office of Rural Community Affairs and AED awards:

http://www.orca.state.tx.us/

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