GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GRANTS
FOR 12 VIRGINIA FIRE DEPARTMENTS

RICHMOND--Governor Mark R. Warner today announced $498,929 in fire grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration Assistance for Firefighting Program.

"This continued assistance from the federal government is part of a significant investment in fire service delivery and the safety of the men and women who provide critical fire protection services in Virginia," Governor Warner said. "Additional assistance is important now that we are in what could be a very dangerous wildfire season because of the drought."

This is the sixth round of awards made by FEMA. Virginia has received about $4.2 million this year in federal grants to help local fire departments with safety training, operations and equipment purchases.

Fire departments receiving awards include:

* Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Department, City of Franklin, $14,400;

* Dillwyn Volunteer Fire Department, Buckingham Co., $44,100;

* Keeling Volunteer Fire Department, Pittsylvania Co., $46,211;

* South Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Mecklenburg Co., $32,400;

* Ridgeway District Volunteer Fire Department, Henry Co., $12,852;

* Charlotte Courthouse Volunteer Fire Department, Charlotte Co., $62,790;

* Newbern Volunteer Fire Department, Pulaski Co., $50,252;

* Haysi Volunteer Fire Department, Dickenson Co., $32,400;

* Ivanhoe Volunteer Fire Department, Wythe Co., $69,372.

* Elliston Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery Co., $70,370.

* Philomont Volunteer Fire Department, Loudoun Co., $63,765.

* Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department, Prince William Co., $176,468.