Two rural Wayne County volunteer fire departments have been awarded Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants of $2,500 each to be used for purchasing equipment.
The grants went to Grantham and Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Departments.
They joined 30 other fire departments awarded grants this year totaling $190,000 from GP.
The money will be used specifically for purchasing personal protective equipment.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help equip our local fire departments,” said Tim Anderson, GP’s plant manager at the Dudley Lumber facility.
He said it expresses the company’s thanks for the commitment of the firemen to protect the people they serve.
He noted that the Bucket Brigade program awarded more than $190,000 in grants to departments this year.
The program began in 2006 and since then Georgia-Pacific has donated more than $2.7 million in funds and educational materials to hundreds of fire departments that serve the company’s facility communities across the country.
Both Grantham and Thoroughfare personnel said the donation will be used for the replacement of personal protective equipment that has exceeded the 10-year lifespan set by the National Fire Protection Association.
Each set costs more than $2,000.
“Our firefighters depend of their equipment to keep them safe and let them return home after every call,” said Grantham Fire Chief Wesley Thornton.
“Cancer prevention is at the top of our priority list,” said Thoroughfare Fire Chief Brandon Jones.
He said the new gear will prevent firefighters from absorbing deadly toxins encountered while fighting fires.
The grants are contributed on the basis of needs.
Fire departments receiving GP grants this year span 15 states.