WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers announced Wednesday two local volunteer fire departments received grants combining more than $89,000.

Rogers congratulated the Winterboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue and County Line Volunteer Fire Department for receiving the money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Rogers said the money would help the Talladega County fire departments purchase new operations and safety equipment.

“Talladega County’s first responders are our first line of defense,” Rogers said. “I congratulate the men and women of the Winterboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue and County Line Volunteer Fire Department for receiving these grants and hope they 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. Winterboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue should receive $16,953 and County Line Volunteer Fire Department should receive $72,096.

According to the Homeland Security Department, which administers the grant, the purpose of the program is to award funding directly to fire departments, non-affiliated 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.

Rogers serves on the Committee on Homeland Security in Congress. “I am pleased to see the federal government is continuing to make these types of investments in the Third District,” he added.

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