Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 6, 2014

Austin, Haywood Volunteer Fire Departments receive FEMA grants

GLASGOW — It was announced by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Friday that two Barren County fire departments have been awarded Federal Emergency Management Agency grants.

Austin-Tracy Volunteer Fire Department and Haywood Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving FEMA funding for specific purchases they applied for earlier this year.

According to the press release, Austin-Tracy Volunteer Fire Dept. will receive  $135,850 in funding to help their department purchase a new fully equipped brush vehicle to combat wild fires. And Haywood will receive $44,840 to help their department to update radio equipment.

Austin-Tracy Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Chief Larry Bragg said this is a grant they apply for every year.

“We are more than delighted to have help from anybody willing to help,” he said.

Austin-Tracy Fire Dept. will have to raise 5 percent of the grant funding in order to receive this grant, and Bragg said they will most likely borrow that money from the bank and just make payments.

“The Haywood Fire Department is very pleased and excited that our grant was funded through the AFG (Assistant Firefighters Grant) program,” Assistant Chief of Haywood Volunteer Fire Dept. said in the release. “This grant is essential to firefighters throughout the state and nation to acquire equipment that meets the standards and laws that have changed drastically over the past few years. This grant and equipment will provide our fire department the means to communicate at a local, state and federal level.”

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