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Fire departments receive Georgia-Pacific grant

PLATTSBURGH - North Country firefighters have received some support through the help of Georgia-Pacific.

The Mooers and South Plattsburgh volunteer fire departments were recently awarded a $5,000 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant, chosen from more than 120 applicants in Georgia-Pacific facility communities in 23 states. The departments will share the grant to fund a combined fire department project that will allow the two departments to jointly provide critical rehabilitation equipment to several departments, emergency personnel and residents of Clinton County.

"As in many communities, the majority of the firefighters that protect our homes, businesses and communities are volunteers," said Chris Trombley, chairman of the Clinton County Air Response Board. "Grants and programs such as the GP Bucket Brigade Program are very critical to agencies such as ours who do not always have the resources needed to fulfill our mission."

Private industry, said Trombley, is "a key player in emergency preparedness."

"Georgia Pacific has always exemplified the importance of how critical this relationship is through their support of the emergency services in the communities they operate in," he said.

"I would like to congratulate the Mooers and South Plattsburgh fire departments on receiving a 2010 GP Bucket Brigade Grant. I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all of our local firefighters on behalf of the employees at Georgia Pacific for your work and service to the North Country community," said Kirk A. Stallsmith, manager of the Plattsburgh Georgia-Pacific facility.

Launched in 2006, the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade has contributed more than $600,000 to rural and small town fire units in communities with Georgia-Pacific facilities. The program supports firefighters with cash donations for programming and purchasing necessary equipment, and with materials for fire safety education in local schools. This year's grants totaled $175,000, the largest amount awarded in the program's history.

"We know first-hand the significant role these fire units play in the life of a community. The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade is one way we say 'thank you' for their work," said Georgia-Pacific chief executive officer and president Jim Hannan. "Many of our own employees are members of their local fire and rescue units, so we also know the need for the financial support necessary to safely continue the work these departments do."

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