Saturday 14 Dec 2019

Two Fire Departments Receive Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Grants

The Grantham Volunteer Fire Department and the Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department are among more than 30 fire departments awarded a Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant this year. The departments will each receive $2,500 to help fund equipment needs, specifically personal protective equipment.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help equip our local fire departments,” said Tim Anderson, plant manager at Georgia-Pacific’s Dudley Lumber facility. “These grants express our thanks for their commitment to the people they serve.”

The Bucket Brigade program awarded more than $190,000 in grants to departments this year for equipment critical to firefighters’ safety. Since the program began in 2006, Georgia-Pacific has donated more than $2.75 million in funds and educational materials to hundreds of fire departments that serve the company’s facility communities across the country.

Both fire departments say the grants will go toward the replacement of personal protective equipment that has exceeded the 10-year lifespan set by the National Fire Protection Association. Each set costs more than $2,000.

“Our firefighters depend on their equipment to keep them safe and let them return home after every call,” said Grantham Fire Captain Wesley Thornton. “This grant will make it possible for us to provide proper and up-to-date equipment to our volunteers.”

“Cancer prevention is at the top of our priority list,” said Thoroughfare Deputy Fire Chief Brandon Jones. “This new gear will prevent our firefighters from absorbing deadly toxins that we encounter while fighting fires.”

Grants are based on department needs and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local Georgia-Pacific facilities. Funds are typically used to purchase new protective clothing and replace items such as damaged safety gear and aging equipment.

Georgia-Pacific also gives all grant applicants free memberships to The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), which provides access to tools, resources, programs and advocacy for first responders across the nation.

The fire departments receiving grants this year span 15 states where Georgia-Pacific has facilities: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Visit the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade website for more information about the program.

From left: VSA Pullback Operator Larry Anderson, Sawmill Leadman Jeff Piccirillo, Grantham Fire Department’s Tim Denning, Production Technician Timmy Thompson, and Reliability Technician William Cash.


GP Production Technician Timmy Thompson, Reliability Technician William Cash, Thoroughfare Fire Department Randy Pipkin, Thoroughfare Fire Deputy Chief Brandon Jones, and GP Office Coordinator Woodrow Thornton.

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