Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade Funds Life-Saving Equipment for Community Heroes

We read news headlines about children being rescued from house fires, fire crews containing wildfires, and drivers being pulled from automobile crashes all the time. The common theme behind each is the fire and rescue teams who put their lives on the line to protect their communities. They must be prepared to walk into dangerous situations, often using outdated equipment or without the specialized gear they need. Many of these individuals are unpaid volunteers.

Georgia-Pacific rewards the dedication to serve through the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™, a national program that contributes to fire departments in communities with Georgia-Pacific facilities. These grants are used to purchase much-needed equipment that helps protect the lives and property of residents as well as their firefighters.

“We are grateful for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our local communities safe,” said Jim Hannan, chief executive officer and president of Georgia-Pacific. “The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program allows us to show our appreciation for their service and helps ensure that they are equipped with the critical resources they need to do their jobs.”

Launched in 2006, the initiative has contributed nearly $800,000 to rural and small town fire units across the United States. The program supports firefighters with cash donations to purchase necessary equipment, and provides safety education materials for presentations in local schools.

The program is meeting critical needs during a time when increased demand for volunteer firefighters is putting additional strains on available resources. Volunteers comprise 71 percent of all firefighters in the United States, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fire Protection Association.

From the nearly 150 units that applied for the grants, the following final recipients were chosen:

Department

Location

Grant Amount

Cromwell-Halsell Volunteer Fire Department
Monroeville Fire Department

Lisman, AL.
Monroeville, AL

$10,000
$10,000

Crossett Fire Department
Wilmot Fire and Rescue
Gurdon Fire Department
Fordyce Fire Department

Crossett, AR
Wilmot, AR
Gurdon, AR
Fordyce, AR

$10,000
$5,000
$5,000
$5,000

Hollister Fire Department 
Palatka Fire Department 
Hosford-Telogia Volunteer Fire Department

Hollister, FL
Palatka, FL
Hosford, FL

$5,000
$5,000
$5,000

Guyton Fire Department 
Meriweather County Volunteer Fire Department

Guyton, GA
Warm Springs, GA

$10,000
$5,000

East Dubuque Fire Department

East Dubuque, IL

$5,000

Waterville Fire Department

Waterville, KS

$5,000

Monticello Fire Department

Monticello, MS

$10,000

Au Sable Forks Fire Department

Au Sable, NY

$5,000

Ceffo Volunteer Fire Department
Roxboro Fire Department

Roxboro, NC
Roxboro, NC

$2,000
$3,000

Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department
Wind Gap Fire Company

Bradford, PA
Wind Gap, PA

$5,000
$5,000

Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department

Livingston, TX
Onalaska, TX

$2,500
$2,500

Camas Fire Department

Camas, WA

$10,000

Casco Fire Department
Navarino-Lessor Fire Department
Green Valley-Morgan Fire Company Inc.

Casco, WI
Bonduel, WI
Onconto Falls, WI

$10,000
$5,000
$5,000

About Georgia-Pacific

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs 40,000 people at 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe.

Georgia-Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., a privately-owned company headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Both companies have a strong tradition of focused community investment in communities where they have operations. Georgia-Pacific and other Koch companies have contributed more than $140 million for charitable causes during the past five years.

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