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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded the Parker's Mill Volunteer Fire Department $360,000 to purchase a mobile burn trailer.

“Our first responders will now have access to state-of-the-art fire training in controlled burns that is safer for them and our environment,” stated Rogers. “The mobile unit will be shared by all 18 fire departments in Pulaski County, as well as the Fire Training Center which hosts a Regional Fire School. This FEMA investment will impact the small rural fire departments from around 30 counties across the state by providing the funds for this advanced equipment.”

Through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, the Parker's Mill Volunteer Fire Department will purchase a mobile burn trailer with props to be used for controlled burns. The Pulaski County Fire Commission has also committed $140,000 in matching funds.

"It is a God-sent piece of equipment for us to train our fire fighters more efficiently and in a safer environment," stated Tiger Robinson, Pulaski County's Public Safety Director. "The better prepared we are, the better we will react in a real fire situation."

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, these grants have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Rogers currently serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Through this role, Rogers supports important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.