Mar 25 2015
WASHINGTON ––Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman, today announced three United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants that will help Franklin and Yell counties purchase emergency response equipment.
Franklin County will receive $50,000 to go toward the purchase of a new ambulance to replace the ten-year old model currently in use. The city of Ola in Yell County will receive $50,000 to help fund the purchase of a new pumper truck to replace the 35 year old truck now in use. In addition, the City of Belleville, also in Yell County, will receive $4,000 to go toward the purchase of lockers for firefighters to store equipment.
“Our first responders must have the necessary tools to safely react to emergency situations. These funds will help keep families safe and protect the communities in Franklin and Yell counties,” Boozman said.
“Arkansas’s first responders are some of the best in the country. They do important work and their contribution to our state is invaluable. I applaud the USDA’s recognition of their dedication and their decision to award these grants to Franklin and Yell counties,” Cotton said.
“First responders must have the tools necessary to save lives and property. I’m pleased to see these two counties in the Fourth District receive grants to keep their citizens safe,” Westerman said.