For Immediate Release: December 20, 2011

2011 Grant Funds Awarded to North Carolina's First Responders

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin today is proud to announce that almost $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded to rescue and EMS organizations across the state.

The funding is provided by the Volunteer Rescue/EMS fund, which was created by the North Carolina General Assembly to financially assist North Carolina's volunteer emergency personnel. Under the direction of Insurance Commissioner Goodwin, the fund program helps rescue/EMS organizations purchase equipment and make capital expenditures. Rescue organizations may apply for up to $25,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching grants per fiscal year, and rescue organizations having cash assets of less than $1,000 may apply for non-matching grants up to $3,000.

"Rescue and EMS organizations selflessly serve our communities large and small, and their budgets don't always match the magnitude of their responsibilities," Insurance Commissioner Goodwin said. "It is important that our state helps support them by providing the means by which they can obtain the best equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively."

There were a total of 160 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund applications received for the 2011 program, for which $1,460,764.27 was available. Of those,136 applications were approved for a total distribution amount of $1,456,049.12. The surplus money will be placed in the 2012 Volunteer Rescue/EMS fund for distribution to future applicants.

The Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund has disbursed more than $27 million since 1989.

For a complete list of 2011 grant recipients, and the dollar amount awarded to each, go to the Office of State Fire Marshal website.