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GREENSVILLE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES $5,000 GEORGIA-PACIFIC BUCKET BRIGADE GRANT

2017 Grants Total More Than $188,000 For Lifesaving Equipment

The Greensville County Fire Department will receive a $5,000 grant from Georgia-Pacific for new equipment. Pictured: Greensville VFD Lt. Adam Hueber (left) with Georgia-Pacific Emporia Plywood Plant Manager Bryan Bates.

Emporia, VA, Nov. 30, 2017 – The Greensville County Fire Department is one of 40 fire departments awarded Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants this year. The department will receive $5,000 to help fund equipment needs.

“We have a strong relationship with our local fire departments, so we are very pleased to help them stay well-equipped,” said Bryan Bates, plant manager of Georgia-Pacific's Emporia Plywood facility. “These grants show our gratitude for their selfless dedication.”

The Bucket Brigade program awarded $188,400 in grants to departments this year for equipment critical to firefighters’ safety. Since the program began in 2006, Georgia-Pacific has given more than $2.2 million in cash and educational materials to 287 fire departments that serve the company’s facility communities across the country.

The fire department says the grant will go toward the replacement of three sets of so-called “turnout” gear that no longer meet standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

“Firefighting is a dangerous profession that requires specialized equipment to effectively and safely mitigate a fire emergency,” said Lt. Adam Hueber. “This grant will allow our volunteer firefighters to respond more safely.” The department is an all-volunteer unit that includes one employee of the Georgia-Pacific facility.

Grants are based on need and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local Georgia-Pacific facilities. Funds are typically used to purchase new protective clothing and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.

Through the program, Georgia-Pacific also gives all grant applicants free memberships to The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which provides access to tools, resources, programs and advocacy for first-responders across the nation.

The fire departments receiving Bucket Brigade grants this year span 24 states where Georgia-Pacific has facilities: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Visit the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade website for more information about the program.

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