U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., visited firefighters at the Clark County Fire Department on Wednesday after the department received a federal grant to purchase special firefighting suits and rescue rope equipment.
The department received $32,768 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The program was started in 2000, but was nearly cut until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"It's a project that is extremely important to the people of Clark County, and one that I believe that if people actually need this kind of help from the fire department, they will have it ready and available here," Chandler said.
He commended local officials and firefighters for their work on the grant applications.
"It goes to protect the citizens of this county, and that is what their tax dollars are for - to try to protect them when they have a problem," he added.