For Immediate Release: October 5, 2010

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Honors Fire Department With Its First Grant

Tri-Community VFD is awarded $30,000 for new equipment

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is pleased to announce Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $30,000 matching grant through the 2010 Volunteer Fire Department Fund administered by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

Created by the General Assembly in 1988 and funded by .05 percent of fire and lightning coverage in the state, the Volunteer Fire Department Fund provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to assist volunteer fire departments purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. $30,000 is the maximum award amount.

This marks the first time Tri-Community ever applied for or received a grant. It has allowed the department to purchase 52 pagers and 24 full sets of turnout gear.

"We know the duties of Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department have grown beyond the three communities that earned it its name. Unfortunately, budgets don't always grow as quickly as the populations we serve, so it's great to see fire departments take advantage of this grant program," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The money is being put to good use to help Tri-Community firefighters protect citizens in a safer and more efficient way."

Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department currently has 80 active members, a main station and three substations. It serves communities in Craven County, including areas in Saint Delight, Truitt, Broad Creek, Bridgeton, Sandy Point and New Bern.

For more information, go to the Volunteer Fire Department Fund Web site.