The Cleveland Fire Department has been awarded grant funds from the Duke Energy Foundation to enhance its preparedness for severe weather. The Cleveland Fire Department requested $16,300 and was awarded $16,000.
Sixty-five grant recipients across the state were selected from more than 140 applications, with projects ranging from swift water rescue equipment and specialized radios to nonprofit training and Spanish language outreach.
“The overwhelming response to this grant opportunity underscores the profound need of our communities – many still recovering from the devastation of last year’s storms,” said Stephen De May, North Carolina president, Duke Energy. “We want to help our communities become more resilient to the impacts of a major storm.”
The Cleveland Fire Department will use the funds to purchase equipment necessary for severe weather rescues to preserve human life in their community and to those that call upon us for aid. This is a one-time only opportunity for Storm Resiliency Grants.
Cleveland fire officials say they were pleased to have been selected for the grant.
“We are very excited about the new equipment we will be able to purchase and look forward to training with it for emergency situations,” officials said in a press release.