U.S. Senator Evan Bayh has announced that the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department will receive $90,421 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant to update their equipment.
"This money means better vehicles and faster response time for Van Buren Volunteer firefighters, which means greater safety for Indiana communities," Bayh said. "The grant is particularly welcome right now, as fire departments are struggling to find the funds to continue their regular duties while stepping up their role as first responders in homeland defense as well."
The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department will receive grant money under the Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, which provides funds for training, wellness and fitness, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Federal Emergency Management Act and the U.S. Fire Administration. It will distribute a total of $750 million to fire departments across the country.