(NASHVILLE), April 25, 2020–  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that nine volunteer fire departments in Senate District 12, which he represents, will receive over $102,000 in combined grants through the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.   The program was set up under legislation<https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/111/pub/pc0497.pdf> co-sponsored by Yager in the Tennessee General Assembly last year.  The program helps Tennessee’s volunteer fire departments purchase equipment.  It also provides essential funds to help them meet local matching requirements for federal grants for this purpose.

“As a result of my prior experience in county government, I fully understand and appreciate the tremendous value that our fire departments provide in protecting our communities,” said Sen. Yager. “These volunteer fire departments operate on limited revenue and this grant will help them with badly needed resources to continue this invaluable service. Our firefighters are heroes and they need equipment to help them stay safe, while they work to keep us safe. I am pleased that our district fared very well with the limited funds available, and congratulate all of these fire departments for submitting a successful grant application.”

The majority of Tennessee’s firefighters are volunteers. The 22,065 active firefighters that have been reported to the SFMO consist of 14,218 (64.4%) volunteers and 7,847 (35.6%) career firefighters.