Now that they have been selected to receive the grant money, the CVFD will now have to work with FEMA to go about applying for the funds, a process that takes between 30 and 90 days, said Kristin Walker, public relations officer for Whitfield.
“Volunteer fire departments are a vital part of emergency response efforts here in western Kentucky,” said Whitfield. “The Cerulean Volunteer Fire Department does a great job keeping the citizens of Trigg County safe and I am pleased to support them in any way I can.”
Cerulean Volunteer Fire Chief Denise Brashear said her department plans to use the funds to purchase protective gear, such as masks, boots, other protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatuses, or SCBA. This is the first time the fire department has received such a grant, added Brashear.
The funds can be spent on training, equipment, personal protective gear, wellness and fitness and health and safety modifications to stations and other facilities, but within those parameters, the department has the prerogative to spend the grant money as they see fit, Walker said.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)