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Apply for the firefighters 'Bucket List': Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant program

Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant program opens for applications

Grants have been used to fund turn-out gear, extrication equipment, water pumps, hoses and nozzles

The application period for the 2010 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ grant program is now open. Fire departments located in communities that have a Georgia-Pacific facility are eligible to apply for a grant to help purchase needed gear and equipment. The deadline for applications is August 9.

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade is a national program that recognizes firefighters in communities that have Georgia-Pacific facilities - or communities where Georgia-Pacific employees reside - for their contributions in making their communities, homes, and workplaces safer. The program supports volunteer and small-town fire departments through monetary grants for equipment, resources, and programming, as well as safety education materials for use in local schools. Grants have been used to fund a variety of necessities, including turn-out gear, extrication equipment, vehicle repairs or purchases, water pumps, hoses and nozzles, programming initiatives, and more.

Since 2006, the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program has contributed more than $500,000 to rural and small-town fire departments across the U.S. In 2009, Georgia-Pacific awarded a total of $167,000 in grants to 24 departments. In addition, Georgia-Pacific provided all applicants with a complimentary year-long department membership in the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).

“We encourage all departments that are located in a Georgia-Pacific community to take advantage of this valuable grant program,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “Through the Bucket-Brigade, Georgia-Pacific is giving back to the first responders who serve them by helping departments to secure the equipment and resources they need.”

Contact your local Georgia-Pacific facility to obtain the Bucket Brigade grant application form. For more information, visit this link or email on this ID. To view a listing of Georgia-Pacific communities, visit this website.

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