FEMA grants buy new fire trucks for towns

Posted January 3, 2009 12:15 p.m. EST

— Federal grants totaling nearly a half-million dollars will go to buy new fire trucks for two towns in Wake and Cumberland counties, officials said.

The Knightdale Fire Department received $430,355 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighter Grants program.

Fire Division Commander Tim Guffey said the department will buy a new 100 foot-ladder truck to a 1973, 50 foot-ladder truck, which needed lots of maintenance.

"We have really needed a new ladder truck for a while," Guffey said. "With the larger and taller buildings that are being built in Knightdale, the 100 foot ladder will give the department another tool to protect our citizens and their property."

The Wade community will get $66,500 and likely put the grant towards the purchase of new truck, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntrye said.

"Our first responders are on the front lines every day protecting our citizens. These federal funds will help the Wade (Fire Department) do their job," McIntyre said.

The AFG distributes grants to help fire departments and EMS groups with equipment purchases, training and programs. Since 2002, the program has given out more than $3.6 billion.

“(AFG) has been instrumental in building capacity and providing needed resources for our nation’s firefighters,” said FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison. “The AFG program has helped improve response capabilities and saved lives and property in communities throughout the United States.”