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Horry County, McBee first responders $130K in grants

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WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) - First responders in Horry County and McBee have been awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fire prevention programs and vehicle acquisition, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham (R-SC) announced over $2.9 million in grants to fire departments in Belton, Blacksburg, Campobello, Charleston, Chester, Conway, Cowpens, Donalds, Ehrhardt, Elko, Elloree, Gray Court, Fair Play, Hollywood, McBee, Moncks Corner, North Augusta, Orangeburg, Salley, Santee, Smoaks, Whitmire, and Williamston.

"Firefighters and emergency service personnel dedicate themselves to protecting the health and safety of South Carolinians," Graham said. "These grants will help our local fire departments and rescue squads by providing them the means to obtain the best equipment and training available."

Horry County Fire Rescue was awarded a $9,748 fire prevention grant, while McBee Rescue Squad will receive a $118,750 vehicle acquisition grant.

Grants were awarded in the following program areas:

  • Operations and Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education and awareness activities, fire code enforcement, fire inspector certification, the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems, wildland fire mitigation, and arson prevention and detection.

  • Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.

The grants awarded include:

Belton

  • Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $190,000 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Blacksburg

  • CKC Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $167,200 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Campobello

  • Campobello will receive a $70,200 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Charleston

  • City of Charleston Fire Department will receive a $233,757 Operations and Safety grant.

Chester

  • Chester County Fire Service will receive a $75,913 Fire Prevention grant.

Conway

  • Horry County Fire/Rescue will receive a $9,748 Fire Prevention grant.

Cowpens

  • Cowpens Fire Department will receive a $166,250 Operations and Safety grant.

Donalds

  • Broadmouth Turkey Creek will receive a $67,051 Operations and Safety grant.

Ehrhardt

  • Ehrhardt Fire Department will receive a $171,000 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Elko

  • Elko will receive a $50,174 Operations and Safety grant.

Elloree

  • Elloree Fire Department will receive a $141,759 Operations and Safety grant.

Fair Play

  • Fair Play Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. will receive a $30,761 Operations and Safety grant.

Gray Court

  • Hickory Tavern Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $40,850 Operations and Safety grant.

Hollywood

  • St. Paul's Fire District will receive a $51,728 Fire Prevention grant.
  • St. Paul's Fire District will receive a $65,058 Operations and Safety grant.

McBee

  • McBee Rescue Squad will receive a $118,750 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Moncks Corner

  • Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department will receive a $69,825 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
  • Santee Circle Rural Fire Department will receive a $128,317 Operations and Safety grant.

North Augusta

  • County Line Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $8,655 Operations and Safety grant.

Orangeburg

  • Pine Hill Fire and Rescue Department will receive a $190,475 Vehicle Acquisition grant.
  • Bolentown Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $198,494 Operations and Safety grant.

Salley

  • Hollow Creek Fire Department will receive a $118,750 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Santee

  • Santee Fire Service District will receive a $190,000 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Smoaks

  • Little Swamp Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $190,000 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Whitmire

  • Whitmire Rescue Squad will receive a $120,175 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

Williamston

  • Williamston Rescue Squad will receive a $59,850 Vehicle Acquisition grant.

The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel.

Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year.

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