Franklin County gets more than $400k for public safety equipment

The funds will be used for electric power tools, fire hoses, radios, and AEDs, officials say


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Franklin County a grant of $438,239 for public safety equipment needs, according to Franklin County officials.

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The grant was made through FEMA’s FY 2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards, officials said.

Those safety equipment needs being addressed in Franklin County include electric power tools, fire hoses, radios, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), according to the county’s release.

“Franklin County is very pleased to have received this grant to help with the purchase of needed public safety equipment across the County’s Fire and EMS system,” said Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Tatum. “The county is also very appreciative of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) staff for their support in preparing this successful application.”

The Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department also submitted an application to the AFG program, which was approved, officials said. They will get $66,666 for their crews’ needs.

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