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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Police, Fire and Other Rural Public Safety Projects through the Recovery Act

Rural Communities Benefit From Recovery Act Projects in 26 States

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural communities across 26 states will benefit from enhanced public safety services through the construction of facilities and purchase of equipment funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

"President Obama's highest priority is to keep the American people safe and the public safety projects demonstrate the Administration's continued efforts to protect and save lives while also providing necessary infrastructure and creating jobs for rural residents throughout the country," Vilsack said. "Through the Recovery Act, communities can build and upgrade public safety buildings to improve security while at the same time providing the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities."

For example, the city of West Point, Ga. has been selected to receive a $2.15 million loan to construct a new 14,000 sq. ft. fire department with office space and living quarters. The small rural community of 3,300 in Troup County is experiencing significant economic growth with the opening of a new automobile plant.

In Toast, N.C., the Franklin Community Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., has been selected to receive a loan for a new fire station and emergency medical services facility. This mountainous rural region of North Carolina includes approximately 8,000 residents. The new building will also serve as an emergency management shelter and be equipped with a helipad.

To protect the residents of rural communities across the country and provide essential public safety infrastructure to rural families, USDA Rural Development is providing $33 million in funding assistance to 74 community facility public safety projects in local communities across the country.

This Recovery Act funding is provided through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.

President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.

Below is a list of the selected recipients:

California

  • City of Arroyo Grande: $6,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a 14,500 square-foot police station.
  • Antelope Valley Fire Protection District: $65,700 loan and $80,300 grant. The funding will be used to purchase two engines.

Colorado

  • Egnar-Slickrock Fire Protection District: $25,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new personal protective equipment.

Connecticut

  • Putnam EMS Ambulance Service, Inc.: $46,439 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.

Georgia

  • Elbert County BOC: $523,027 loan and $92,298 grant. The funding will be used to purchase fire trucks and equipment.
  • City of West Point: $2,150,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a new fire department.

Indiana

  • Parke County EMS: $90,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase equipment and furnish a renovated EMS facility.

Iowa

  • City of Fonda: $134,700 grant. The funding will be used to purchase emergency services equipment and a new tanker truck.
  • City of Cantril: $149,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new pumper truck.
  • City of Villisca: $74,250 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance.

Kansas

  • City of Roseland: $84,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new storm shelter and community center.

Kentucky

  • Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department: $80,000 loan and $97,700 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire tanker apparatus.
  • Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department: $78,000 loan and $42,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire rescue truck.
  • Jackson County Fiscal Court: $49,275 grant. The funding will be used to remount an ambulance onto a chassis.
  • Wayne County Fiscal Court: $68,750 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance.
  • District No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department: $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.
  • Montgomery County Fire Protection District: $85,800 grant. The funding will be used to purchase two fire trucks.

Louisiana

  • Parish of Tensas: $974,000 loan and $150,939 grant. The funding will be used to construct a public safety facility.

Maryland

  • Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.: $70,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new pumper truck.

Massachusetts

  • Town of Tolland: $2,000,000 loan. The funding will be used to renovate and expand a public works building and construct a new public safety municipal complex.

Michigan

  • Nadeau Township : $55,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new brush truck and skid unit.
  • Nadeau Township : $160,000 loan and $135,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new brush truck and skid unit.

Minnesota

  • City of Canby: $130,000 loan and $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck.
  • City of Tower: $75,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck.

Missouri

  • Bowling Green Township: $121,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new road grader.
  • City of Kennett: $29,100 grant. The funding will be used to purchase two replacement fire department vehicles.
  • Association of Mercer Fire Protection District: $205,000 loan and $285,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new four-bay fire station.
  • Stoddard County 911 Services: $15,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and install an emergency generator at the 911 headquarters.
  • Grand River Emergency Services, Inc.: $18,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and equip a new ambulance vehicle.
  • City of Piedmont: $136,582 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and install two portable emergency generators.

New Hampshire

  • Town of Hinsdale: $38,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and equip a new fire truck.

New York

  • Cranberry Lake Fire District: $46,500 loan and $38,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.
  • Village of Clayville: $225,000 loan and $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.
  • Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc.: $40,000 loan and $42,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance.

North Carolina

  • Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire and EMS Department: $1,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new fire protection equipment.
  • Town of Fremont: $6,100 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new fire protection equipment.
  • Oak City Volunteer Fire Department: $150,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new tanker truck.
  • City of Kinston: $1,275,000 loan and $225,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new fire station.
  • City of Kinston: $1,062,500 loan and $187,500 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new fire station.
  • Town of Smithfield : $900,000 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck.
  • Pin Hook Fire Department, Inc.: $7,960 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new fire protection equipment.
  • Town of Wendell: $740,000 loan. The funding will be used to renovate a building for use as the public safety center.
  • Faison Fire and Rescue, Inc.: $4,590 grant. The funding will be used to purchase fire protection equipment.
  • Calypso Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $107,500 loan and $105,000 grant. The funding will be used to complete building improvements for a fire station.
  • Greenevers Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $6,550 grant. The funding will be used to purchase fire protection equipment.
  • Rowland Rescue Squad: $12,100 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an echocardiogram (EKG) machine to be placed aboard an ambulance.
  • Draper Volunteer Fire Department: $45,500 loan and $24,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase and equip a used pumper tanker fire engine.
  • Town of Burgaw: $130,000 loan and $70,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a used pumper fire apparatus.
  • Piney Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $14,550 grant. The funding will be used to purchase new fire protection equipment.
  • Yanceyville Fire Department: $168,500 loan and $100,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a pumper tanker truck.
  • Franklin Community Volunteer Fire Department: $1,500,000 loan. The funding will be used to construct a new fire department.

Oklahoma

  • Eastern Oklahoma State College: $30,610 grant. The funding will be used to purchase campus police protection equipment.
  • Town of Tushka: $157,542 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck.

Pennsylvania

  • Swoyersville Police Department: $89,500 loan and $48,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.
  • Huntingdon Ambulance Authority: $100,000 loan and $20,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.

South Carolina

  • Town of Kingstree: $400,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new fire truck and street sweeper.

Tennessee

  • Carroll County: $6,768,000 loan. The funding will be used to renovate and expand a jail.

Texas

  • Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department: $356,320 loan and $191,854 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a new pumper fire truck.

Vermont

  • Town of Fairhaven: $157,500 loan and $44,600 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.
  • Town of Richford: $86,900 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.
  • Barre City: $37,400 grant. The funding will be used to refurbish an ambulance and purchase new defibrillator equipment.

Virginia

  • Franklin County: $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase equipment for emergency backup services .
  • Town of Narrows: $266,610 loan. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck and equipment.
  • Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a vehicle and portable emergency services equipment.
  • Wythe County: $27,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase mobile computers for the sheriff's department and purchase two-way radios for the county school buses.
  • Town of Clintwood (2) : $37,500 grant. The funding will be used to purchase fire protection equipment.
  • Town of Haysi: $48,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase fire protection equipment.
  • Buckhorn Volunteer Fire Department: $44,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a brush fire truck.

Washington

  • Douglas/Okanogan County Fire District 15: $121,700 loan and $50,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.

Wisconsin

  • Alma Center Community Fire District: $19,250 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck and equipment.
  • Hatfield Fire & Rescue: $30,000 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck and equipment.
  • Village of Pepin: $453,000 loan and $200,000 grant. The funding will be used to construct a Village Hall and a Community Center .
  • Village of Cambria: $435,200 loan and $76,800 grant. The funding will be used to construct a new fire department and training center.
  • Green Valley-Morgan Fire Company, Inc.: $305,000 loan. The funding will be used to purchase a new pumper tanker truck.

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/bprogs.htm.

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