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RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin
announced that the White Lake Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant
through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Dale Brennan to be used by the
Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using
matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of
State Fire Marshal.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small
across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their
responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our emergency service
personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to
do their jobs correctly and safely.”

“I know the White Lake Fire Department, will use this money to serve their
community even better,” Goodwin added. “Thank you, Chief Dale Brennan, for
all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.”

White Lake Fire Department has received a total of $192,681.24 from the
Volunteer Fire Department Fund in the past 27 years since the program began.
The General Assembly created the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in 1988 to
help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds
must be matched dollar-for-dollar for an amount approved up to $30,000,
unless the department receives less than $50,000 per year from municipal and
county funding, in which case the applicant shall match $1 for each $3 of
grant funds up to $30,000. Since the program’s inception, the Department of
Insurance has distributed $104,237,382.87 to volunteer fire departments
across the state.