Valdosta - South Georgia firefighters are learning how to get more money to improve public safety.
Firefighters in Lowndes County took part in a grant writing workshop Thursday with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They learned key ways of applying for federal assistance, and what requests are more likely to be approved by FEMA.
Firefighters say these lessons are vital in getting better equipment and training to help protect the public. "We have 102 firefighters in our department and its difficult to fund that without increasing taxes, so the nice thing about this is we can apply for these grants, be successful at it, and it takes some of the burden off of the taxpayers," said Captain Ken Gallagher.
E.M.S. personnel in Lowndes County also took part in the FEMA grant writing workshop Thursday night.