It's amazing to think that in the United States over 1 million firefighters give of themselves to put out fires, rescue family pets from trees and teach our children fire prevention at school. But, what's more amazing is that the majority of these selfless acts go unpaid.
More than 70% of the firefighters that protect our homes, children and communities are VOLUNTEERS, and many volunteer at facilities without the necessary resources to properly perform their duties.
To address this issue and to thank the brave men and women who protect the communities around Georgia-Pacific facilities, the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program was created in 2006.
In 2008, the company began a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to increase outreach efforts to firefighting units in Georgia-Pacific communities and make them aware of the opportunity for funding.
Since 2006 Georgia-Pacific has contributed more than $1.75 Million to fire departments through cash grants, safety education materials and National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) memberships.
NOTE: A requirement for receiving a grant from the GP Bucket Brigade program is that the fire department must serve a community in which a Georgia-Pacific facility is located. In addition, entries must be approved by a GP facility manager before submission. Click here for more information about GP facilities.
An independent board of civilians and firefighters will review all entries. Winners are determined based on need, impact of the grant and the uniqueness of the submitted story.
Inspired by the efforts of our nation's firefighters -- including the many Georgia-Pacific employees serving their communities as volunteer firefighters -- we tapped into the inspirational history of firefighting to create the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™. Founded in 2006, Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade provides support which includes:
- Grants which are co-sponsored by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local GP Facilities
- Educational materials to help spread the word about fire safety
- Memberships for all grant applicants to the National Volunteer Fire Council
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The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ partnered with the Cobb County (Ga.) Fire & Emergency Services' Fire Safety Division to develop a variety of engaging, entertaining and practical educational materials for teachers and parents.