10/12/08 — Antioch Fire Department receives $4,956 grant

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Antioch Fire Department receives $4,956 grant

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on October 12, 2008 2:00 AM

RALEIGH -- North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long announced that the Antioch Rural Fire Department was awarded a $4,956.87 grant through the 2008 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

The check was mailed to Chief Durwood J. Smith to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

"Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don't grow with their responsibilities," Long said in a statement.

"Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely."

The Antioch Rural Fire Department has received a total of $67,171.95 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in the past 21 years since the program began.

The General Assembly created the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in 1988 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by monies raised locally to purchase necessary equipment.