Harrisburg Fire Department

The Harrisburg Fire Department was selected to receive a grant from Duke Energy.

Duke Energy announced more than $1.1 million in funding to help North Carolina communities increase their response capabilities for future weather events with advance preparation and planning.

Sixty-five grant recipients across the state were selected from more than 140 applications, with projects ranging from swift water rescue equipment and specialized radios to nonprofit training and Spanish language outreach. Awarded projects will be implemented in communities over the following weeks and months.

“The overwhelming response to this grant opportunity underscores the profound need of our communities – many still recovering from the devastation of last year’s storms,” said Stephen De May, North Carolina president, Duke Energy. “We want to help our communities become more resilient to the impacts of a major storm. And with the season’s first major hurricane forming in the Atlantic, we have a vivid reminder of the importance of advance planning.

“We are very thankful for the support of Duke Energy to help us develop a stormwater resiliency plan to manage flooding while maintaining the quality of water in our ocean, the sound, and our canals,” stated Atlantic Beach Mayor, Trace Cooper. “Their support underlines their commitment to our communities and will allow us to leverage the support of our other partners in this process.”

The storm resiliency grants, funded by the Duke Energy Foundation, support:

- Specialized training for first responders for severe weather scenarios.

- Organized planning initiatives for communities to prepare for extreme weather.

- Equipment necessary for severe weather rescues to preserve human life.

- Community storm preparedness training, materials, kits or shelters.

- Emergency communication tools for severe weather scenarios.

- Improved outcomes for low-income communities experiencing extreme weather.

The department said it received $29,050 for vital items for its swift water rescue resources such as a boat motor, a tow vehicle for rescue boats, and swift water training courses.

All of these will be used to enhance the department’s ability to serve the Harrisburg and surrounding communities.

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