Press Release

Congressman McHenry Announces $71,337 Homeland Security Grant to North Gaston Volunteer Fire & Rescue in Gaston County

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Washington, September 24, 2019 | comments
Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced $71,337 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 North Gaston Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Gaston County and comes in the eighth 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 North Gaston Fire Chief William Cash, the grant will be used to purchase new rescue and extrication equipment.

“North Gaston is the third Gaston County fire department to receive funding in this round of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This is in addition to a county-wide communications grant Gaston County has already been awarded,” said Congressman McHenry. “New rescue equipment is vital to maintaining a department’s ability to save lives. I commend Chief Cash and his team on writing a winning grant."

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.

North Gaston is one of eight 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2018 cycle with a total of $2,477,295 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

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