Press Release

Congressman McHenry Announces $63,714 Homeland Security Grant to Denver Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County

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

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) announced $63,714 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 Denver Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County and comes in the first round of the 2019 fiscal year Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which aims to help firefighters and first responders throughout the country. Local departments applied 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 Denver Fire Chief James Flynn, the grant will be used to install vehicle exhaust removal systems for the department’s Webbs Road and Kidville Road stations.

As an east Lincoln County resident, I am very familiar with the fast-growing area that Chief Flynn and his department serve,” said Congressman McHenry. “This grant is all about firefighter health and safety and ensuring that we reduce exposure to cancer-causing toxins.”

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.  

Denver is one of two 10th District departments to receive AFG funding thus far during the 2019 cycle with a total of $270,381 in AFG funds having been awarded among those departments.

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