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Congressman McHenry Announces $2,857 in Homeland Security Grant to City of Conover Fire Department in Catawba County

Date: Feb. 22, 2021
Location: Hickory, NC

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) announced $2,857 in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in the Tenth Congressional District.

The grant will go to the City of Conover Fire Department in Catawba County and comes in the fifth round of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant -- COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S). This is a special grant authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that provides funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies to fire departments, state fire training academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to support first responders COVID-19 pandemic response.

Like other AFG grant programs, AFG-S is electronically scored and peer reviewed by members of the fire service from across the country.

Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson announced the department will be using the grant to purchase PPE, including masks, gloves, sanitizer, and equipment to sanitize the department's gear.

"I am grateful for first responders like Chief Hinson and his team in Conover who are dedicated to keeping their community safe and healthy," said Congressman McHenry. "This important grant will help expand resources and provide masks, gloves, sanitizer, and all of the tools that are such a necessity for our first responders during this pandemic."

Conover is one of three departments to receive AFG-S funding thus far in this second release of AFG-S funds. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.