Cahaba Valley Fire District receives grant

Published 10:40 am Thursday, January 13, 2011


NORTH SHELBY — The Cahaba Valley Fire District has been awarded nearly $200,000 in federal grant money.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., announced the grant Jan. 12.

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

The money will be used for new turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Chief Jim Witherington of the Cahaba Valley Fire District said the new gear would meet safety compliance standards. The department will purchase 20 pieces of turnout gear and 34 breathing units.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave the grant as part of the Assistance to Firefighters program.