Steve Durden, Manager Marketing and Field Services, stated "This program allows each city to stretch their budget dollars and provide a safer work environment for their employees."
Cedartown Fire Chief Sammy Stephens noted that new gear has been purchased, but all fire fighters used their old gear to fight the fire at the Zartic on Monday.
The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general pubic liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services.
Since its inception, over 130 cities have received grant money through the program, over 500 grants were approved totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear and police department in-vehicle video systems.
Web editor Jake Carter contributed to this report