Lanier VFD gets $29,251 grant
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA COUNTY — U.S. Mike Rogers announced Friday the Lanier Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a grant for $29,251 for new operations and safety equipment.

The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Talladega County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said in the press release announcing the grant. “I congratulate the men and women of the Lanier Volunteer Fire Department for receiving the grant, and hope it will ultimately help increase safety for all local citizens.”

The release goes on to explain that “the grant should be awarded under the 2012 Assistance to Firefighters program, an essential federal program which supports first responders across Alabama and the nation. According to Homeland Security, which administers the grant, the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. These awards aim to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as first responder personnel, with respect to fire related hazards.”

Lanier Fire Chief Lee Swain said the first priority for the new grant funds will be to purchase new radios.

“That’s been a problem for us in the past, because the radios we have now are very old. We might buy some other equipment after that, depending on how much money we’ve got left. I want to make sure I’ve got a good working radio for everybody and some extras, since we’re also soliciting new members right now,” he said.

Proceeds from a previous grant are being used to purchase new turnout gear, Swain added. “We’ve got a meeting, and hopefully we’ll be able to set something up for everybody to come get measured sometime this weekend.”

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