Press Release

Congressman McHenry Announces $172,381 Homeland Security Grant to Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Buncombe County

U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards Assistance to Firefighter Grant funds to local department

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Washington, September 13, 2019 | comments
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $172,381 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grant will go to the Broad River Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in Buncombe County  and comes in the third round of the 2018 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments apply for the grants from the program, which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

According to Broad River Fire Chief Brent Hayner, the grant funds will be used to purchase two heart monitors to enhance the department’s EMS capabilities as well as an exhaust ventilation system for the department.

“Broad River will be using this grant to fund two projects, one to enhance patient care and the other to ensure a healthier work environment for the department’s personnel,” said Congressman McHenry.  “I commend Chief Hayner and his team for writing a compelling grant and look forward to visiting the department in the future to congratulate them personally."

A panel of fire experts at DHS awards AFG grants through a competitive review process.  Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for. The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee. 

Broad River is one of four 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2018 cycle with a total of $327,434 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds through the coming months.
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