Two Bladen fire departments were honored last week with grant checks from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.
Tar Heel Station 57 received a grant totaling $29,835.83 and Bladenboro Station 51 received $16,912.50 from the state.
“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Jim Long said of the departments. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.”
The matching grants must be met dollar-for-dollar up to the approved amount with funds raised locally by the departments. The money will go to equipment and supplies needed by each station.
To date, Tar Heel has received a total of $132,118.64 in grant funds, and Bladenboro has received $68,203.03 since the Volunteer Fire Department Fund program began 21 years ago.
More than $57 million has been distributed to departments across the state.