October is an important month to recognize and celebrate events such as Columbus Day, breast cancer awareness, even Halloween, but for Georgia-Pacific this month means we get to celebrate our communities’ first-responders - the fire fighters that help protect us every day. Every year during this time, we give Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants for urgently needed equipment that will help keep fire fighters safer and make their jobs easier.
This year, a record 55 fire departments will receive Georgia-Pacific's Bucket Brigade grants totaling $270,000, the largest annual amount given since our program began in 2006. We’re proud that the program has now reached the $1.25 million mark in cash grants to fire departments that serve Georgia-Pacific's facility communities across the country.
The grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, are based on need and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local Georgia-Pacific facilities. The fire stations receiving grants this year spanned 21 states and requested funds to replace critical items such as worn out protective clothing, cracked helmets, aging hoses and nozzles and hand-held radios. Read more here.
Watch this video to hear more from our past Bucket Brigade winners and how the grants have made an impact in their communities. This infographic shows how much it costs to train and equip a fire fighter.
Oct. 6-12 also marks Fire Prevention Week, which serves to remind people of the dangers of fires. Take the National Fire Protection’s quiz to test your fire-prevention knowledge.
And most importantly, this week (and any time of year) make sure you thank a fire fighter in your community!