Valdosta Fire Dept. receives $21,000 grant for search and rescue

| September 16, 2016

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By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – Residents in South Georgia can now feel more safe, thanks to the help of a grant towards Valdosta’s search and rescue team.

Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency presented the Valdosta Fire Department with a $21,000 check on Thursday morning.

They say the grant allows them to keep their rescue truck fine-tuned.

They are one out of nine teams that receives the grant.

It’s to support their lifesaving mission throughout the region and state.

“We’re very fortunate to have this type of resource and to have this type of equipment within the jurisdiction of Valdosta and Lowndes County because we can respond out to handle such disasters like Hermine. We can also respond out regionally and statewide,” says Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boutwell.

The nine teams are divided into regions to assure a two-hour response in a time of disaster.

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