50K grant for Phenix City fire and rescue

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded men and women of the Phenix City Fire and Rescue Services a $50,990 grant.

We're told the funds would help the Russell County fire department purchase new firefighting operations and safety equipment.

"Russell County's first responders are our first line of defense," Senator Mike Rogers said. "I congratulate the men and women of the Phenix City Fire and Rescue Services for receiving this grant, and hope it will ultimately help increase the safety for all local citizens."

The 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program supports first responders across Alabama and the nation.  These awards aim to enhance first responders' ability to protect the health and safety of the public.