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Herald-Sun - Parkwood Fire Department to get federal grant

June 28, 2013
In The News

From staff reports

DURHAM — The Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department is getting a $192,328 federal grant to buy equipment for first responders.

Rep. David Price, the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced Friday that the department will get the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance for Firefighters Grant to purchase communications equipment for first responders.

"I'm very pleased this FEMA grant will allow the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department to invest in communications equipment that will improve their ability to coordinate with other local departments that protect our community," Price said. "With the department serving as the primary first responder for the Research Triangle Park, this grant is also especially important for disaster and fire preparedness in our region."

"The purchased communication devices will equip our membership with the most up-to-date radio equipment available on the market," Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief William L. Colley, Jr. said. "The purpose of this purchase is to enable users the ability to effectively communicate with all local and state responders to assist in the protection of the citizens of southern Durham, northeast Chatham counties and our local businesses, located in the Research Triangle Park."

Price has been a leading supporter of first-responder grant programs. Since 2001, the Assistance for Firefighters Grant has provided about $5.25 billion to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, protective gear, firefighting and emergency response vehicles, and training.