First Posted: 9/18/2009
RALEIGH The Burnt Swamp Philadelphus Rural Fire Department has been awarded a $23,234.68 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the state of North Carolina, according to Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin.
The check will be mailed to Chief Glonnie Scott to be used by the department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the state.
Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities, Goodwin said. Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.
Burnt Swamp Philadelphus Rural Fire Department has received a total of $115,318.38 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund since the program began 22 years ago.
The General Assembly created the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in 1988 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by money raised locally to purchase necessary equipment.
Since the program’s inception, the Department of Insurance has distributed more than $65 million to volunteer fire departments across the state.