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Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Funds Life-Saving Equipment for Community Heroes

Grant program has contributed nearly $800,000 in support

Child rescued from house fire.  Crews contain wildfire.  Driver pulled from crash.  We see these news headlines all the time.  And the common theme behind each is a band of heroes who put their lives on the line to protect their community – fire and rescue teams.  At a moment's notice, they must be prepared to walk into dangerous situations, often using outdated equipment or without the specialized gear they need.  Many are unpaid volunteers.

Georgia-Pacific rewards this dedication to serve through the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™, a national program that contributes to fire departments in communities with Georgia-Pacific facilities.  These grants are used to purchase much-needed equipment that helps protect the lives and property of residents as well as their firefighters.

"We are grateful for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our local communities safe," said Jim Hannan, chief executive officer and president of Georgia-Pacific.  "The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program allows us to show our appreciation for their service and helps ensure that they are equipped with the critical resources they need to do their jobs."

Launched in 2006, the initiative has contributed nearly $800,000 to rural and small town fire units across the United States.  The program supports firefighters with cash donations to purchase necessary equipment, and provides safety education materials for presentations in local schools.  

The program is meeting critical needs during a time when increased demand for volunteer firefighters is putting additional strains on available resources.  Volunteers comprise 71 percent of all firefighters in the United States, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fire Protection Association.

From the nearly 150 units that applied for the grants, the following final recipients were chosen: 

   

Department

Location

Grant Amount

 

 Cromwell-Halsell Volunteer Fire Department  

 Monroeville Fire Department  

Lisman, Ala.  

Monroeville, Ala.  

$10,000

$10,000

 

 Crossett Fire Department  

 Wilmot Fire and Rescue  

 Gurdon Fire Department  

 Fordyce Fire Department  

Crossett, Ark.  

Wilmot, Ark.  

Gurdon, Ark.  

Fordyce, Ark.  

$10,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

 

 Hollister Fire Department  

 Palatka Fire Department  

 Hosford-Telogia Volunteer Fire Department  

Hollister, Fla.  

Palatka, Fla.  

Hosford, Fla.  

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

 

 Guyton Fire Department  

 Meriweather County Volunteer Fire Department  

Guyton, Ga.  

Warm Springs, Ga.  

$10,000

$5,000

 

 East Dubuque Fire Department  

East Dubuque, Ill.  

$5,000

 

 Waterville Fire Department  

Waterville, Kan.  

$5,000

 

 Monticello Fire Department  

Monticello, Miss.  

$10,000

 

 Au Sable Forks Fire Department  

Au Sable, N.Y.  

$5,000

 

 Ceffo Volunteer Fire Department  

 Roxboro Fire Department  

Roxboro, N.C.  

Roxboro, N.C.  

$2,000

$3,000

 

 Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department  

 Wind Gap Fire Company  

Bradford, Pa.  

Wind Gap, Pa.  

$5,000

$5,000

 

 Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Department  

 Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department  

Livingston, Texas  

Onalaska, Texas  

$2,500

$2,500

 

 Camas Fire Department  

Camas, Wash.  

$10,000

 

 Casco Fire Department  

 Navarino-Lessor Fire Department  

 GreenValley-Morgan Fire Company Inc.  

Casco, Wis.  

Bonduel, Wis.  

Onconto Falls, Wis.  

$10,000

$5,000

$5,000

 
   
     

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs 40,000 people at 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. Georgia-Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., a privately-owned company headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Both companies have a strong tradition of focused community investment in communities where they have operations.Georgia-Pacific and other Koch companies have contributed more than $140 million for charitable causes during the past five years.