Volunteer fire departments face cuts

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The  Jones County Volunteer Fire Department could lose millions of dollars because of new Homeland Appropriations bills.

Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna said the federal government cut 33 percent out of the fire grant program this year.

Mckenna added the 33 percent will now go toward hiring and retaining paid firefighters at fire departments in larger cities.

Mckenna said although the increase is good for some, now it is a huge disappointment for volunteer fire departments.

"In some communities it's a good thing?" said McKenna. "Because the volunteer departments are not able to respond during certain hours of the day."

McKenna has contacted both of the state's U.S. senators asking them to help restore assistance to the grant program to the original $565 million.