By Sydney Basden, WCTI12:
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey says Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has donated $500,000 to assist rural fire departments across North Carolina.
Causey says the money, a part of the company’s Rural NC Initiative for 2020, has been deposited in the nonprofit North Carolina Firefighters Fund. Officials say they will work with the State Firefighters Association and the Firefighters fund to distribute the grant to 94 departments in 36 rural counties.
The money has been made available to volunteer fire departments that received less than $50,000 from municipal and county governments; officials say it will be used for safety equipment purchases to help protect firefighters amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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