Corolla Fire and Rescue awarded $25,000 grant

Published 10:20 pm Monday, January 3, 2022

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Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced that the Corolla Fire and Rescue was  awarded a $25,000 grant through the 2021 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina.

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Richard Shortway to be used by the rescue/EMS organization to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Causey said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.”

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“I know the Corolla Fire Rescue, will use this money to serve their community even better,” Causey added. “Thank you, Chief Richard Shortway, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.”

Shortway said Corolla Fire and Rescue plans to purchase a rehab truck to replace the 1999 Ford E-350 with a 2015 Ford E450 4-wheel drive.

The General Assembly created the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund in 1989 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by monies raised locally to purchase necessary equipment. Since the program’s inception, the Department of Insurance has distributed $37,022,973.92 to rescue and EMS squads across the state.