Thursday, March 12, 2009


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $173,852 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding to three Southwest Georgia fire departments. The funds, to be used for staffing, equipment and training, will be distributed as follows:

• $93,936 to the Terrell County Fire Department in Dawson, Ga.;
• $20,066 to the Quitman County Fire Department in Georgetown, Ga.;
• $59,850 to the Sylvester Fire Department in Sylvester, Ga.

“These grants benefit our local fire departments by providing much-needed resources to the first responders who keep our communities safe and secure in times of crisis,” Bishop said. “Emergency personnel serve the needs of the community each and every day, and these grants will ensure that they have the equipment and training they need to do their job.”

For more information about FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, please visit

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