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Lyon Mountain fire department receives $5,000 Georgia-Pacific grant

LYON MOUNTAIN - The Lyon Mountain Volunteer Fire Department is a recipient of a 2009 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant. Chosen out of more than 100 firefighting units in Georgia-Pacific facility communities in 28 states, the fire department will receive $5,000 to purchase new firefighter gear ensembles.

"The Plattsburgh facility was very pleased to see one of our local fire departments selected as a grant recipient," said Georgia-Pacific's Plattsburgh facility manager Kirk A. Stallsmith. "During tough economic conditions, this $5,000 grant is great news for the Lyon Mountain fire department, and we are proud to recognize them with this grant."

The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade is a national program that recognizes the contributions of fire departments in communities with Georgia-Pacific facilities. Launched in 2006, the initiative has contributed approximately $500,000 to rural and small town fire units across the U.S. The program supports firefighters with product and cash donations for programming and purchasing necessary equipment, and safety education materials for presentations in local schools.

"I want to thank GP for what they do to support local volunteer firefighters," said Lyon Mountain Fire Chief Bill Durnin Jr. "When firefighters respond to a call, the first thing I think about is their safety and if they have the right equipment to perform the job. The grant money we received from GP will be used to replace outdated turn-out gear that our department has been trying to replace for many years."

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, the majority of the fire departments in the U.S. are either run by volunteers or are mostly comprised of volunteers working beside career firefighters. These departments also are the primary providers of emergency and rescue services in their area.

"We appreciate the work that volunteer and small town fire departments do in our facility communities all across this country," said Georgia-Pacific president and chief executive officer Jim Hannan. "Because many of our employees also serve as volunteer firefighters, we understand the demands on these units and their need for equipment and financial support. The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program allows us to show our appreciation for the essential services they provide."

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