Little River Volunteer Fire Department receives $9,000 state grant
By From staff reports
Published in News on September 28, 2010 1:46 PM
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced this week that the Little River Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $9,294.70 grant through the state's 2010 Volunteer Fire Department Fund.
The check will be mailed to Chief Mike Aycock to be used by the department to purchase 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," Goodwin said in a written statement. "Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.
"I know the Little River Volunteer Fire Department will use this money to serve their community even better. Thank you, Chief Mike Aycock, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff."
Little River Volunteer Fire Department has received a total of $93,060.22 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in the past 23 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. Since the program's inception, the Department of Insurance has distributed more than $73 million to volunteer fire departments across the state.