Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade(TM) Funds Life-Saving Equipment for Community Heroes
ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Child rescued from house fire. Crews contain wildfire. Driver pulled from crash. We see these news headlines all the time. And the common theme behind each is a band of heroes who put their lives on the line to protect their community – fire and rescue teams. At a moment’s notice, they must be prepared to walk into dangerous situations, often using outdated equipment or without the specialized gear they need. Many are unpaid volunteers.
Georgia-Pacific rewards this dedication to serve through the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade(TM), a national program that contributes to fire departments in communities with Georgia-Pacific facilities. These grants are used to purchase much-needed equipment that helps protect the lives and property of residents as well as their firefighters.
“We are grateful for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our local communities safe,” said Jim Hannan, chief executive officer and president of Georgia-Pacific. “The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program allows us to show our appreciation for their service and helps ensure that they are equipped with the critical resources they need to do their jobs.”
Launched in 2006, the initiative has contributed nearly $800,000 to rural and small town fire units across the United States. The program supports firefighters with cash donations to purchase necessary equipment, and provides safety education materials for presentations in local schools.
The program is meeting critical needs during a time when increased demand for volunteer firefighters is putting additional strains on available resources. Volunteers comprise 71 percent of all firefighters in the United States, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fire Protection Association.
From the nearly 150 units that applied for the grants, the following final recipients were chosen:
Grant Department Location Amount Cromwell-Halsell Volunteer Fire Department Lisman, Ala. $10,000 Monroeville Fire Department Monroeville, Ala. $10,000 Crossett Fire Department Crossett, Ark. $10,000 Wilmot Fire and Rescue Wilmot, Ark. $5,000 Gurdon Fire Department Gurdon, Ark. $5,000 Fordyce Fire Department Fordyce, Ark. $5,000 Hollister Fire Department Hollister, Fla. $5,000 Palatka Fire Department Palatka, Fla. $5,000 Hosford-Telogia Volunteer Fire Department Hosford, Fla. $5,000 Guyton Fire Department Guyton, Ga. $10,000 Meriweather County Volunteer Fire Department Warm Springs, Ga. $5,000 East Dubuque Fire Department East Dubuque, Ill. $5,000 Waterville Fire Department Waterville, Kan. $5,000 Monticello Fire Department Monticello, Miss. $10,000 Au Sable Forks Fire Department Au Sable, N.Y. $5,000 Ceffo Volunteer Fire Department Roxboro, N.C. $2,000 Roxboro Fire Department Roxboro, N.C. $3,000 Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department Bradford, Pa. $5,000 Wind Gap Fire Company Wind Gap, Pa. $5,000 Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Department Livingston, Texas $2,500 Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department Onalaska, Texas $2,500 Camas Fire Department Camas, Wash. $10,000 --------------------- ------------ ------- Casco Fire Department Casco, Wis. $10,000 --------------------- ----------- ------ Navarino-Lessor Fire Department Bonduel, Wis. $5,000 ------------------------------- ------------- ----- Onconto Falls, GreenValley-Morgan Fire Company Inc. Wis. $5,000 ------------------------------------ --------------- ------
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs 40,000 people at 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., a privately-owned company headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Both companies have a strong tradition of focused community investment in communities where they have operations. Georgia-Pacific and other Koch companies have contributed more than $140 million for charitable causes during the past five years.