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Micro firefighters receive grant for new gear

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MICRO — The Micro Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $2,996 grant through the state’s 2019 Volunteer Fire Department Fund, N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced recently.

Causey said Micro Fire Chief Johnny Dixon will receive the grant to purchase needed firefighting and rescue equipment for the department. A funding match is required and the Office of State Fire Marshal must approve the purchases.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Causey said in a news release. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.”

The Micro Volunteer Fire Department has received a total of $152,273.78 from the volunteer fire department fund in the past 31 years since the program began. State lawmakers created the fund in 1988 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies.

“I know the Micro Volunteer Fire Department will use this money to serve its community even better,” said Causey. “Thank you to Chief Johnny J. Dixon for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.”

Grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar for an amount approved up to $30,000, unless the department receives less than $50,000 per year from municipal and county funding, in which case the applicant must match $1 for each $3 of grant funds up to $30,000.

Since the program’s inception, the N.C. Department of Insurance has distributed $134,725,533.68 to volunteer fire departments across the state.

“This grant will help to upgrade our firetruck equipment with scene lighting, auto-eject charging system, fire hoses and equipment and personal protective hoods for our firefighters,” Dixon said. “We are happy to receive this grant and we are hoping to put it to good use for the service of our community because at the end of the day, that is what it is all about.”

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