Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) announced today that the Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District received an Assistance to Firefighters Operations and Safety grant for $172,927 from the Department of Homeland Security. The department's application competed against thousands through a peer review process for a portion of federal funding.
Chief Jim Witherington said that the funds would be used to purchase:
* Five new heart monitors that will provide the highest level of care in a pre-hospital setting. The monitors will be able to send information directly to an emergency facility from the scene to receive direction from a physician and allow them to properly prepare for the arriving patient.
* New vehicle extrication equipment that will allow first responders to gain entry to patients faster and more easily.
* Training for staff that will include Alabama Fire College approved courses in rope rescue and vehicle extrication.
"I am pleased that the work by the Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District is recognized in this way," Palmer said. "That they received a grant in this competitive process speaks well of their work and I know it will enhance their ability to respond to fire and other emergency situations."
Funds awarded under the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) program are used to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. Only the applications most closely conforming to program priorities are considered and scored by peer review panels.
The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.