Johnson City Press: Grant awarded to improve fire response time in Valley Forge
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Grant awarded to improve fire response time in Valley Forge

John Thompson • Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 5:46 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has included the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department in the latest round of grants and loans to 119 rural community service facilities in 29 states.

The fire department will receive a $61,000 loan and a $25,000 grant to purchase a building for the Valley Forge community. The building will store vehicles and equipment. Tennessee Rural Development State Director Jim Tracy said the building purchase will give the volunteer fire department better response times to emergencies in the Valley Forge area.

“It is vitally important that communities have the essential services they need,” Tracy said. “By taking advantage of the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program communities can, in a more affordable way, meet the needs of the community by ensuring the safety and enrichment of its citizens.”

Tracy said the USDA’s latest investments in Tennessee was over $1.6 million. Nationally, the total was $237 million.

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