When a massive red fire engine barrels down the street, sirens blaring, most of us probably think of a fire. But every day, firefighters are often first-responders to wide array of emergencies in our communities, including medical situations, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and even terrorist events. But did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. firefighters are volunteers?
Our Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade
grant program is designed to support local fire departments and these brave volunteers who keep us safe every day. This year, we proudly awarded $207,000 in Bucket Brigade grants to 45 fire departments for equipment critical to firefighters’ safety.
Since the Bucket Brigade program started in 2006, Georgia-Pacific has given more than $1.75 million in cash and educational materials to fire departments that serve our facility communities across the country.
This year, Bucket Brigade grants range from $1,000 to $8,000 and span 22 states. Grants are based on need and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and our local facilities. Fire departments often use these funds to purchase new protective clothing and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.
All grant applicants also receive free memberships to The National Volunteer Fire Council
(NVFC), which provides access to tools, resources, programs and advocacy for first-responders across the nation.
Heather Schafer, NVFC’s chief executive officer, says “The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Program provides funds directly to departments in need. The NVFC is pleased to partner with Georgia-Pacific to maintain the health and safety of the fire service and the citizens they serve.”
to see a list of our 2015 grant recipients. To learn more about firefighter statistics, click on this infographic
and view this video