WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Mike Rogers announced the Childersburg Fire and Rescue Department has received a large grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Rogers, who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security, congratulated the Childersburg Fire and Rescue Department on the grant which totals $180,953.The grant is set to go towards the purchase of new firefighting vehicles.

The Coleta Valley Volunteer Fire Department was also awarded a large grant. Rogers said the department will receive a $243,810 grant to fund new firefighting vehicles as well.

“Talladega County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said. “I congratulate the men and women of the Childersburg Fire and Rescue Department and the Coleta Valley Volunteer Fire Department for receiving these grants and hope it will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens.”

Rogers said the grant should be awarded under the 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, an essential federal program which supports first responders across Alabama and the nation.The

According to the Homeland Security Department, which administers the grant, the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations and state fire training academies that are unaffiliated with a hospital. These awards aim to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.