Department awarded grant for Jaws of Life

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 26, 2008


SHELBY — The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $37,000 federal fire grant. The award was announced last week by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia Hills).

“Firefighters are on the front lines every day, protecting lives and saving property,” Bachus said in a press release. “They deserve modern equipment and the best in safety gear. This grant program helps ensure that fire companies have the necessary resources to quickly and effectively respond to emergency calls.”

The Operations and Safety Grant allows for the purchase of a Jaws of Life tool, new turnout gear, radios, pagers and training videos.

“We are very thankful for this grant,” said Shelby Chief Cain Reed. “Especially when you live in a rural area, this funding goes a long way towards helping our department to get the type of equipment it needs. We appreciate the support we have received from Congressman Bachus and the community.”

Funds awarded under the Assistance to Firefighters program are used to meet the needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated medical services organizations. Applications are scored by peer review panels.

“The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department is to be commended for qualifying for this grant,” Bachus said.

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security