Area Fire North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey recently handed out checks to several western North Carolina fire departments on behalf of BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina. In our area fire departments in Avery and Madison counties received funds. Causey partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina for 500 thousand dollars in grant money to specifically help 100 rural fire departments, ones that don’t get much funding from government, often relying on fundraisers. The funds are particularly important now due to the pandemic fire departments have not been able to have their regular fund raisers. Fire Departments in Graham and Rowan counties also received funds.