NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $47,549 from the U.S Department of Homeland Security to help firefighters respond to fires and fire-related hazards in the Pleasant View community, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced today.
"This grant will make it possible for the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, and the outstanding volunteer firefighters who serve the community, to be better prepared and better equipped to save lives and property in the Pleasant View area," Cooper said. "We depend on our fire departments to respond in emergencies and I am proud this grant will help prepare and protect our volunteer firefighters as they serve the community in times of critical need."
"We are so thankful to Congressman Cooper and the Federal Firefighter Grant program," explained Shane Ray, Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department Chief. "The grant funding will purchase portable radios for our personnel that will improve communications, RIT rescue bags that will aid personnel in firefighter rescue, and a thermal imaging camera that will allow us to find people in a smoke-filled structure fire."
The grant is part of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program which is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).