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Pigeon Forge Fire Department receives fire prevention grant from FEMA

PIGEON FORGE, TN – The Pigeon Forge Fire Department has received a $288,000 fire prevention and safety grant from FEMA. These funds will help jumpstart newly adopted NFPA Firewise USA program.

The grant funds will assist the program with personnel costs, literature, field computer tablets, and a desk top computer for two years. The Firewise USA™ program provides a number of proven tools and resources for homeowners and other community residents who work tirelessly to help prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss in their neighborhoods. Pigeon Forge is aiming to become the 4th (fourth) recognized Firewise USA Community within Sevier County, joining may other communities nationwide that have been recognized since the program’s inception in 2002.

“With wildfire season upon us, this generous funding will go a long way in assisting the department in protecting life and property during wildfire events within the Pigeon Forge community,” said Fire Chief Tony Watson.

FEMA awards annual fire prevention grants through a competitive application and review process. Only 3 (three) fire prevention grants were awarded in Tennessee during 2017.

Published September 26, 2017

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