Lafayette

Jun 15, 2013 9:07 PM by katc

Volunteer Firefighters Receive Money Through FEMA Grant

On Saturday June 15, 2013 the Louisiana State Firemen's Association held a presentation at the Scott Fire Department, to disperse $213,435.90 to twenty-nine volunteer firefighters throughout the state, through FEMA's Recruitment and Retention Grant.

Since receiving $980,000 to fund this project in 2009, the Louisiana Fireman's Association has received several requests for education assistance. In order to receive financial assistance from the grant, applicants must serve two years with a volunteer fire department as a fire fighter or EMS first responder before the stipend can be received. This grant places firefighters/first responders in the stations throughout Louisiana, in addition to providing assistance to students.

Officials have already begun to compose another request to FEMA, which will be submitted in the next few months for1.2 million, to continue recruitment and retention initiative for volunteer fire and EMS workers.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning stated, "One of the most pressing problems we face in Louisiana communities is the consistent decline in the ranks of our emergency volunteers". This award has provided a positive impact throughout the State, by increasing staffing.

Chief Dwayne Thevis, current President of the LSFA stated, "The LSFA and State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing a comprehensive public awareness and marketing campaign targeted at 18 to 35 year old Louisianans in an effort to education the public and increase awareness of the need and value of volunteers and the advantage and benefits of becoming a member of a Louisiana Volunteer Fire Department".

For further information visit www.fdla.org or contact your local fire department.

 

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