Once every 24 seconds, a fire department responds to an alarm somewhere in the United States. Two-thirds of these departments are all-volunteer. Most are also underfunded. That means many of the firefighters who risk their lives every day to protect people, property, and pets are doing their jobs with outdated or otherwise inadequate equipment.
Georgia-Pacific launched its Bucket Brigade program to help support local fire departments and the brave men and women who strive to keep their communities safe.
Grants To Buy Protective Clothing
Since 2006, the Bucket Brigade program has contributed more than $2 million to fire departments in communities within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility through cash grants as well as educational materials and National Volunteer Fire Council memberships, which all grant applicants receive.
Cash grants are typically used to purchase new protective clothing like coats and boots and to replace damaged safety gear and aging equipment.
Grants are awarded yearly, with awards announced in fall. Applications are reviewed by an independent board of civilians and firefighters. Winners are determined based on need, impact of the grant, and the uniqueness of the submitted story.