Department of Insurance sends award check for new equipment

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the New River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept., Inc. was awarded a $14,686.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Eddie Lyons to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies to do their jobs correctly and safely.”

“I know the New River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept., Inc., will use this money to serve their community even better,” Goodwin added. “Thank you, Chief Eddie Lyons, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.”

New River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept., Inc. has received a total of $288,891.59 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in the past 1 years since the program began. The General Assembly created the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in 1988 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by monies raised locally to purchase necessary equipment. Since the program’s inception the Department of Insurance has distributed $104,237,382.87 to volunteer fire departments across the state.

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