This year marks the 10th anniversary of GP’s Bucket Brigade program, through which we’re proud to say we’ve given more than $2 million to fire departments in cash and educational materials that serve our facility communities across the country.
This year, we awarded 33 grants for a total of $170,000 to fire departments for equipment critical to firefighters’ safety. Funds are typically used to purchase new protective clothing like coats and boots, and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.
Our goal since the program began 10 years ago has been to help first-responders have the equipment they need to better protect themselves, and help keep our communities safe. We’ve awarded 335 grants, spanning more than 270 fire departments in our facility communities.
Over 70 percent of firefighters are volunteer so these grants go a long way. Also, many GP employees serve as volunteer firefighters in their communities.
In addition, every grant applicant received a free membership to The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which provides access to tools, resources, programs and advocacy for first-responders across the nation.
The fire departments receiving Bucket Brigade grants this year span 18 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Visit our Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade website to learn more, and check out these firefighter statistics on our infographic.